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‘Religion and Literature’ – T.S. Eliot

October 1, 2008


The essay ‘Religion and Literature’ written by T.S. Eliot can be viewed as a reaction against the tradition of viewing a literary work from purely aesthetic point of view. Many critics, especially the New Critics, believed that literature is not to be valued for its ethical and theological significance. But T.S. Eliot held the opinion […]

‘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 […]

T.S. Eliot’s ‘Murder in the Cathedral’

October 16, 2007


Some selected quotations from T.S. Eliot’s play ‘Murder in the Cathedral’:“For the good times past, that are come againI am your man.” (First Tempter) “To man of God what gladness?” (Becket) “Shall I who ruled among the doves as an eagleNow take the shape of wolf among wolves.” (Becket) “King is forgotten when another shall […]