Tuesday, December 27, 2016

If There Were No Cordelia

If there were no Cordelia,
would there have been a Lear?
If Goneril and Regan
had been all he’d had to rear,

would Lear’s demise
have been as harrowing?
Would it have been a wider
or more narrow thing?

Would Lear have killed himself?
How much would we care?
Here’s the only
answer we can bear.

If Cordelia had never
appeared in King Lear,
there might as well never
have been a Shakespeare.


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