The Mystery of Things

Near the end of Shakespeare’s King Lear, when all seems lost, Lear comforts his daughter Cordelia—like him, soon to die—by telling her that in prison they will contemplate “the mystery of things.” Both in this sense, and in another sense, the word mystery leads the reader into the heart of Dana Gioia’s poetry.

David Middleton

David Middleton is poetry editor for Modern Age. His next collection of verse, The Fiddler of Driskill Hill: Poems of Louisiana North and South, will be published by Louisiana State University Press in fall 2013.

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