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" Lear And my poor fool is hang'd. No, no, no life? Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more. Never, never, never, never, never. Pray you undo this button. Thank you, sir. "
The Comedies, Histories, Tragedies, and Poems of William Shakspere - Page 529
by William Shakespeare - 1851
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King Lear and the Gods

William R. Elton - 1980 - 299 pages
...deservings. O! see, see! into which neatly optimistic calculus Lear visibly and violently intrudes: And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! Why should...horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more, Never, never, never, never, never! (Viii.302-3o8)209 207In Lear's dispensation...
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On Strangeness

Margaret Bridges - 1990 - 239 pages
...During the life of this old Majesty, To him our absolute power: [To Edgar and Kent] you, to your rights With boot and such addition as your honours Have more...all foes The cup of their deservings. O! see, see! (V.iii.296 304) In a fine essay, titled "King Lear. The Final Lines," John Shaw devotes a pertinent...
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King Lear

William Shakespeare - 1986 - 314 pages
...life of this old majesty, To him our absolute power: [ To Edgar and Kent] You, to your rights, 300 With boot and such addition as your honours Have more...virtue, and all foes The cup of their deservings. Oh, see, see! Lear And my poor fool is hanged! No, no, no life! 305 Why should a dog, a horse, a rat,...
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William Empson: The Critical Achievement

William Empson - 1993 - 319 pages
...to think of another human being rather than himself. The tone seems to me curiously ecstatic. I.EAR. And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! Why should...horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more. Never, never, never, never, never! Pray you, undo this button: thank you, Sir....
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King Lear

William Shakespeare - 1994 - 176 pages
...the life of this old Majesty, To him our absolute power; [to Edgar and Kent:] you, to your rights, With boot and such addition as your honours Have more...foes The cup of their deservings. O see, see! LEAR And my poor fool is hanged! 199 No, no, no life! 300 And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no...
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Drama Trauma: Specters of Race and Sexuality in Performance, Video, and Art

Assistant Professor of English Timothy Murray, Timothy Murray - 1997 - 305 pages
...say by stoning, or by hanging" (Cavell 1979: 493). Lear dies after making one final and moving plea: And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! Why should...horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more, Never, never, never, never, never. Pray you undo this button. Thank you, sir....
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Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and Literature

Craig Kallendorf - 1999 - 253 pages
...anger from what he felt toward Goneril, so the specific figures structuring it are not all the same: And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! Why should...horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more, Never, never, never, never, never! Pray you, undo this button: thank you, Sir....
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The Oxford Shakespeare: The History of King Lear

William Shakespeare - 2001 - 336 pages
...the life of this old majesty To him our absolute power; (to Edgar and Kent) you to your rights, 295 With boot and such addition as your honours Have more...virtue, and all foes The cup of their deservings. 0 see, see! LEAR And my poor fool is hanged . No , no life . 300 Why should a dog, a horse, a rat...
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The Vanishing: Shakespeare, the Subject, and Early Modern Culture

Christopher Pye, Class of 1924 Professor of English at Williams College Christopher Pye - 2000 - 199 pages
...must turn to the point in the play when the condition returns: Lear's riveting final address. Lear: And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! Why should...horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more, Never, never, never, never, never! Pray you, undo this button: thank you, Sir....
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Henry V, War Criminal?: And Other Shakespeare Puzzles

John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature John Sutherland, Cedric Thomas Watts, Emeritus Professor of English Cedric Watts, M a PH D, John M. Sutherland, Karl-Heinz Engel - 2000 - 220 pages
...his 'poor fool' (which editors usually regard here as a term of endearment), cries out in his misery: And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! Why should...dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all?2 (5.3.304-6) It's a question which commentators often try to answer. Samuel Johnson, of course,...
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