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‘Murder in the Cathedral’ – An overview

January 31, 2008


‘Murder in the Cathedral’ (a brilliant example of a poetic drama by T.S. Eliot) was written for the Canterbury festival in 1935. The play follows the event in Canterbury after Becket’s return in 1170. A chorus of women laments the absence of their archbishop and the people’s helplessness. In the schism between the Church and […]

Revival of Poetic Drama

January 31, 2008


According to Francis Fergussan, a poetic drama is a drama in which you “feel” the characters are poetry and were poetry before they began to speak. Thus poetry and drama are inseparable. The playwright has to create a pattern to justify the poetic quality of the play and his poetry performs a double function. First, […]

Poetic Drama

January 18, 2008


The term ‘poetic drama’ became popular during the middle of the twentieth century. It was T.S. Eliot who revived this drama/term as a reaction to the drama of ideas popularized by Galsworthy and G. B. Shaw under the influence of Ibsen. Even Shaw has written ‘The Quintessence of Ibsenism’, in which he gave his manifesto […]

Lines from Wordsworth’s Immortality Ode

January 14, 2008


“The Clouds that gather round the setting sunDo take a sober colouring from an eyeThat hath kept watch o’er man’s mortality;Another race hath been, and other palms are won.Thanks to the human heart by which we live,Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,To me the meanest flower that blows can giveThoughts that do often […]

Ode: Intimations of Immortality by William Wordsworth

January 13, 2008


AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ELEMENTS IN THE IMMORTALITY ODE Apart from its philosophical aspect, the great Ode on the Intimation of Immortality is also in the nature of a personal document. It was written on the eve of his happy marriage with Mary Hutchison, when he was still at the height of his powers. But the poet felt […]

‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ – R. L. Stevenson

January 6, 2008


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 –1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet and a travel writer. He wrote a novella ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ that was first published in 1886. The book was a very successful one – it was an instant success. The novel is about the duality of human nature. […]

‘Blow! Blow! Thou Winter Wind’ – Shakespeare

January 3, 2008


The poem ‘Blow! Blow! Thou Winter Wind’ : Blow, blow, thou winter wind,Thou art not so unkindAs man’s ingratitude;Thy tooth is not so keen,Because thou art not seen,Although thy breath be rude Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly;Most friends is feigning, most loving mere folly:Then, heigh-ho, the holly! This life is most jolly. Freeze, […]