Wild weather

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By Christina Bakerwriter, teacher and educational journalist

Dive into this month’s creative topic and explore Mother Nature’s weird, wild and wonderful weather

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!

You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout

Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!

You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,

Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,

Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,

Smite flat the thick rotundity o' the world!

(King Lear, Act III, Scene II)

It’s an image of iconic power: Shakespeare’s once-mighty King Lear wanders across the exposed heath with his faithful Fool. Around him, the tempest rages with a fury matched only by the King’s crumbling sanity.

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