Andrew Motion reviews my essay on Lear glowingly in The Hopkins Review

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Period1 Sept 2017

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  • TitleEdward Lear and the Play of Poetry: Andrew Motion describes my essay in this volume as having 'the most interesting things to say'
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionAndrew Motion writes:As far as Lear's determined good grace is concerned, and the freedom from moral judgement with which he presents his characters, Sara Lodge has the most interesting things to say. Her essay looks in depth for the first time at Lear's dissenting background, and finds there not just the origin of his distrust of organised religion, but also the seedbed of his general defiance of institutions. "I still maintain that Blasphemy and lying are the Prerogatives of Priestcraft," he once wrote his friend Charles Fortescue; "or they would not say that the Almighty damns the greater part of his creatures. So far as I agree with you––that which they should preach (them there practical truths you elide [sic] to) is worthy of all love and veneration,––but since as a body they have ever given the lie to such preaching by their dogma and lives––cui bono the preaching? Whereby–– though I sincerely like and respect many individually, I object to the Whole biling [sic]."
    Lodge's essay is the best at putting Lear's Demon in context.
    PersonsSara Lodge