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Re: Teaching Feelings
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0623.  Friday, 18 August 1995.
 
From:           Harry Hill <HILHAR@CONU2.BITNET>
Date:           Thuursday, 17 Aug 1995 07:55:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0620  Re: NYSF Tro.; Time; Edgar
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0620  Re: NYSF Tro.; Time; Edgar
 
John Keogh politely asks `How do you teach "feeling" to teenagers who are far
more in tune with *Romeo and Juliet*?', in regards to *King Lear* and its
teachability.
 
I would suggest that adolescent students are more enquiring than we might
suspect, as well as emotionally open. At fourteen, I found myself much more in
tune with *Lear* than *R & J* -- as did most of my friends, perhaps because we
were rebellious not only against the then establishment but also against what
it thought we were expected to do, which was fall in love and kiss all the
time. The parental story of *Lear* struck home to us, let me tell you, and in
language a bit less soppy than that of the earlier play.
 
Feeling? As the late Wilhelm Kempf mysteriously wrote on the liner of an old
Deutsche Grammophon LP of Beethoven's 4th.Piano Concerto: "The first few bars
should not be played. Only felt." Although I laughed at this as an ironic
Scottish teenager, I knew what he meant.
 
        Harry Hill
        Montreal
 

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