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Coleridge: Lectures on Shakespeare (1811-1819)$
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Adam Roberts and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474413787

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413787.001.0001

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Lecture 6

Lecture 6

Chapter:
(p.167) Lecture 6
Source:
Coleridge: Lectures on Shakespeare (1811-1819)
Author(s):
Adam Roberts
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413787.003.0015

Of all Shakespeare’s plays Macbeth is the most rapid, Hamlet the slowest, in movement. Lear combines length with rapidity,—like the hurricane and the whirlpool, absorbing while it advances. It begins as a stormy day in summer, with brightness; but that brightness is lurid, and anticipates the tempest....

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