Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 122. Wednesday, 28 Nov 1990.
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 90 15:21:59 EST
Subject: [Shakespearean Spinoffs: Humor on the Heath? KS]
This one comes to you thanks to a student who is getting
into the act ....
From Shrinklits by Maurice Sagoff, published by
Workman Publishing, New York, in 1980.
Daughters three had aged Lear.
Two were rotten, one sincere
He misjudged the loving kid.
Cursed and cut her off, he did.
But the others, flushed with gain.
Tossed him out into the rain.
All his ganglia came untied;
Sweet Cordelia reached his side
Just too late to change the play -
Overkill was underway:
Lear succumbed, and all his girls,
Plus his fool and various earls.
Ah, if but the womb would breed
Kind, sincere and loving seed
Full of filial thoughtfullness.
None would perish in distress;
Heaven on earth this life would be!
Folks would die of sheer ennui.