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" Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all ? Thou 'It come no more, Never, never, never, never, never ! Pray you, undo this button : thank you, sir. "
The British Essayists: With Prefaces Biographical, Historical and Critical - Page 180
by Lionel Thomas Berguer - 1823
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Art of Faith

Kathy Coffey - 2006 - 151 pages
...other words to every parent who has lost a child. "I might have saved her; now she's gone for ever. . ..Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, /And thou no breath at all?" Tragic ordeal transformed to poetry: this is the model for any faithful life. As you begin this book,...
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Blank Verse: A Guide to Its History and Use

Robert Burns Shaw - 2007 - 305 pages
...Cordelia, his extremity of emotion is suggested by the savage and systematic wrenching of the meter: Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou' It come no more, Never, never, never, never, never. Every foot is reversed in this line of "never's,"...
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"After Thirty Falls": New Essays on John Berryman

Philip Coleman, Philip McGowan - 2007 - 290 pages
...Lear's appalling lament at the death of Cordelia in Shakespeare's most determinedly pre-Christian play: "Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, / And thou no breath at all?"19 However, "in the beginning" recalls the opening of St John's gospel and consequently the start...
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So You Want to be a Playwright?: How to Write a Play and Get it Produced

Tim Fountain - 2007 - 132 pages
...see that Cordelia loves him - causes him to destroy the thing he most loves and needs in the world. 'Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, and thou no GETTING STARTED breath at all?' Lear incredulously asks over his daughter's dead body. The answer is...
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A Curious Earth

Gerard Woodward - 2007 - 290 pages
...carrying her as a baby - "thy crying self - on to the boat and into exile. Think of Lear and Cordelia - "Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, and thou no breath at all?" Think even of Titus Andronicus and Lavinia . . .' The students nodded thoughtfully. Afterwards Aldous...
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The Tragedy of King Lear: With Classic and Contemporary Criticisms

William Shakespeare - 2008 - 340 pages
...it is well to remember the at least equally moving words he later speaks over Cordelia's dead body: Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? (5.3.308-9) Here Lear heartbreakingly insists on the difference between a human being and an animal,...
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Rethinking Tragedy

Rita Felski - 2008 - 368 pages
...for their sport" — but that the justified questioning of human beings in innocent agony (Job) — "Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life? And thou no breath at all?" — is doomed to remain unanswered. Blasphemy, a fundamentally religious mode, characterizes key motions...
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