Poems

Jane Blanchard: ‘Lear’

Lear “I am a man / More sinn’d against than sinning.” (Act 3, Scene 2) He would say such—to minimize his own mistakes—until the claim no longer will suffice. Poor Lear, of course, is not alone in this regard, since Gloucester lacks the skill of self-appraisal, too, and neither can assay another person better. Good is bad, and bad is good, whatever man or woman is somehow involved. Love should have given pause to anger and revenge, but humans (or their gods) delight in sport at any home or hovel, heath or henge, where ill intentions gather and consort. What…

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