Fusion: Spenserian Metaphor and Sidnean Example in Shakespeare’s <i>King Lear</i>

Susan Oldrieve

in Shakespeare and Spenser

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780719079627
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701058 | DOI:
Fusion: Spenserian Metaphor and Sidnean Example in Shakespeare’s King Lear

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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

Chapter.  11318 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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