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The works of Keats, Shakespeare and Milton all contain figures fallen from power and grace: Saturn in Hyperion, Lear in King Lear, and Satan Paradise Lost. After the fall, what remains? In this examination, I intend to examine the aftermath of each character's fall from power, including what happens to his sublimity, the dissonance (or concord) between his self-perception and his perception by others, and the consequences of shifts in the locus of his power. Despite their different circumstances, Saturn, Lear, and Satan have much in common as fall powers, their unthroned identities lost, "somewhere between the throne, and where [they] sit" at present.