Shakespeare's Window Into the Soul: The Mystical Wisdom in Shakespeare's Characters

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 2006 M06 27 - 224 pages
A study of the mystical, spiritual, and profound visionary wisdom contained in Shakespeare’s plays

• Reveals the significant mystical symbolism in ten of Shakespeare’s later, more mature, works including Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Tempest

• Shows the progress of Shakespeare’s own spiritual development through comparison of his earlier and later plays

The plays of William Shakespeare are considered among the greatest dramatic works ever written because they transcend both age and time in the truths they convey about human nature. But Shakespeare’s plays, argues author Martin Lings, concern far more than the workings of the human psyche; they are sacred, visionary works that, through the use of esoteric symbol and form, mirror the inner drama of the journey of all souls.

In Shakespeare’s Window into the Soul, Martin Lings provides an in-depth study of Shakespeare’s later, more mature plays, such as Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and The Tempest. By revealing the mystical meaning of these works, Lings not only conveys the dramatic artistry of these masterpieces, but also leaves readers with a deep and lasting impression of the playwright himself and his keen understanding of the passage the soul must make to reach its final sacred union with the divine.
 

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Contents

SACRED ART
1
SHAKESPEARES OUTLOOK
6
HENRY IV
14
HAMLET
20
OTHELLO
56
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
77
MACBETH
86
KING LEAR
101
CYMBELINE
148
THE WINTERS TALE
159
THE TEMPEST
170
NOTES ON PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTION
183
THE MYSTERY OF THINGS
192
BIBLIOGRAPHY
199
INDEX
201
Copyright

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
132

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About the author (2006)

Martin Lings (1909-2005) was a renowned British scholar who taught at several European universities and the University of Cairo. He was the keeper of Oriental manuscripts in the British Museum and the British Library and the author of numerous books on religion and spirituality, including The Book of Certainty, What is Sufism?, Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions, and the internationally acclaimed Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources.

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