1990

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 122. Wednesday, 28 Nov 1990.
 
Date:   Wed, 28 Nov 90 15:21:59 EST
From:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Laurie E. Osborne)
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.
 
                King Lear
                William Shakespeare
 
                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.

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