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Shakespeare and SpenserAttractive Opposites$
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J. B Lethbridge

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079627

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.001.0001

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Fusion: Spenserian Metaphor and Sidnean Example in Shakespeare’s King Lear

Fusion: Spenserian Metaphor and Sidnean Example in Shakespeare’s King Lear

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(p.201) Fusion: Spenserian Metaphor and Sidnean Example in Shakespeare’s King Lear
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Shakespeare and Spenser
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Susan Oldrieve

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.003.0008

This chapter examines the significant role played by allegory and Spenser's The Faerie Queene in Shakespeare's King Lear. It emphasises the expansiveness of Shakespeare's allegorical mode and presents a reading of King Lear that features the complexity of Shakespeare's allegory, the explosive arrival of the human character and the treatment of Spenserian themes. The chapter also explores the poetic theory present in Shakespeare's time, which can help explain the particular nature of the allegory used in King Lear, and the allegorical method of King Lear.

Keywords:   allegory, allegorical mode, human character, Spenserian themes, poetic theory, nature of allegory, allegorical method, King Lear

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