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Tag Archives: poetic drama

Macbeth and me

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is as much poem as play. The essence of the drama is not in the action but in the words and in the unfolding of metaphor. It begins … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Poems with stage directions

Samuel Beckett’s plays are not often performed. Waiting for Godot comes along every now and then, but the others, especially the short ones, are as rare as one of those … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Reader’s Diary, 23 April 2014

We appreciate the modern in Shakespeare and ignore, excuse or improve everything else. It happens to all writers. They go out of fashion soon after they die and wait in … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Modern theatre’s debt to Ben Jonson

Comedies are not easy to read. In tragedy words are everything, in comedy it is the action, the way the characters interact, that matters. Every comedian knows that the laugh … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · Leave a comment