Clara de Lataillade
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3rd year Politics and IR Part B co-editor

King Lear for the Theatrically Illiterate: Thoughts on Ian McKellen, Dementia and Special Effects

Walking into the Duke of York Theatre, I knew exactly two things about Shakespeare’s famous tragedy: that the plot was about a king’s slow descent into madness, and that the main actor, Sir Ian McKellen, was revered by audiences both…

Falling asleep

The drowsiness takes over and I sink back It calls and I cannot fight back Slumber has dug its claws and pulls I sleepily resist, but the world dulls.   Just as I give in, it is out of reach…

Night

The moon on the sea has polished a mirror Etched its image in dull quicksilver The cicadas sing in the evening shadows As summer wanes and slowly mellows The night murmurs in bewitching charm Fills the spirit with a nostalgic…

Monsoon

I fell asleep all too soon Lulled by the quietening monsoon Pattering away on the roofs A thousand pairs of thundering hooves Down and down poured the sheets of rain Enough to render me insane The world seemed to fade…