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From Shakespeare to Irma:
the storm as story

Tampa Bay Times, by Roy Peter Clark

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Posted By:Hazymac, 9/17/2017 12:35:01 PM

It was odd to think about Shakespeare during a hurricane, but the Bard knew his storms. From "King Lear" to "The Tempest," where there was a Will, there was a wave, and often a deluge. Shakespeare liked his storms because they placed his characters under pressure, scattered them to the corners of the Earth, made them strangers in strange lands, and tested what they were made of. He knew that all humans – even kings – looked tiny in the face of a storm. None more so than King Lear, the ancient monarch who made the mistake dividing his kingdom among his

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As I heard the rainwater gurgling in the four inch barriers between outside and inside last Sunday night and Monday morning--the amount of wind driven rain defeated the barrier, and the carpets got wet--I heard Mussorgsky´s "Night on Bald Mountain" (link below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyR-poMsSWI

in my mind´s jukebox. Funny how stressful situations bring back meaningful things that we´ve learned. Shakespeare is a worthy companion to take with you everywhere.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hobbitmom, 9/17/2017 1:05:01 PM     (No. 11386217)

This is a beautifully-told story. Thanks for posting. As an aside, tho, Prospero´s daughter is Miranda, not Amanda.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Biggun, 9/17/2017 2:14:29 PM     (No. 11386256)

Beautifully written Mr. Clark.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: DaddyO, 9/17/2017 2:37:27 PM     (No. 11386280)

Shakespeare was inspired to write The Tempest probably because of a famous shipwreck caused by a hurricane. "The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America" tells the story of English settlers shipwrecked and stranded on Bermuda until they could repair their ship. They finally arrived in Jamestown just in time to keep the other settlers (who were on their way out) from leaving.

Bermuda was thought to be inhabited by ghosts at the time because sailors could hear the screams of the dead as they sailed by. After being stranded they realized the loud shrieks the sailors heard were from the birds living on the island.

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