Patterns and Perspectives in English Renaissance Drama
University of Delaware Press, 1988 - 309 páginas
These essays bring attention to the designs that the English Renaissance playwrights imposed on their work. Among the patterns explored are those inspired by the literature, drama, or poetics of classical times and visual patterns derived from traditions of stage presentation.
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Reflections on the Authors Agents in Comedy
The Appeal of the Comic Deceiver
Aristophanes Plautus Terence and the Refinement of English Comedy
The English Masque and the Functions of Comedy
Patterns Derived from Traditions of Staging
Things as They Are and the World of Absolutes in Jonsons Plays and Masques
John Ford and the Final Exaltation of Love
Patterns Suited to Perspectives
Marlowe and the Jades of Asia
The Shadow of Action
The Dramatic Structure of The Broken Heart
King John and the Drama of History
Mad Lovers Vainglorious Soldiers
The Wounds of Civil War in Plays by Shakespeare and His Predecessors
The Ceremonies of Titus Andronicus
Shakespeare and the Ceremonies of Romance
Spectacles of State
Shakespeare and Fletcher on Love and Friendship
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Página 71 - O ! wonder ! How many goodly creatures are there here ! How beauteous mankind is ! O brave new world, That has such people in't ! Pro.
Página 228 - The troublesome Raigne and lamentable Death of Edward the Second, King of England: with the tragicall fall of proud Mortimer.
Página 70 - Gentle breath of yours my sails Must fill, or else my project fails, Which was to please. Now I want Spirits to enforce, art to enchant; And my ending is despair Unless I be reliev'd by prayer, Which pierces so that it assaults Mercy itself, and frees all faults.
Página 102 - ... not void of these talents, have made so wretched a use of them, that, had the consecration of their labours been committed to the hands of the hangman, no good man would have regretted their loss; nor am I afraid to mention Rabelais, and Aristophanes himself, in this number. For, if I may speak my opinion freely of these two last writers, and of their works, their design appears to me very plainly to have been to ridicule all sobriety, modesty, decency, virtue, and religion, out of the world.
Página 223 - Had fed the feeling of their masters' thoughts, And every sweetness that inspir'd their hearts, Their minds, and muses on admired themes; If all the heavenly quintessence they still From their immortal flowers of poesy, Wherein, as in a mirror, we perceive The highest reaches of a human wit; If these had made one poem's period, And all...
Página 231 - And with the world be still at enmity. What need the arctic people love starlight, To whom the sun shines both by day and night? Farewell base stooping to the lordly peers! My knee shall bow to none but to the king. As for the multitude, that are...
Página 237 - My head the latest honour due to it, And jointly both yield up their wished right. Continue ever, thou celestial sun ; Let never silent night possess this clime ; Stand still, you watches...
Página 210 - Holla, ye pampered jades of Asia! What, can ye draw but twenty miles a day, And have so proud a chariot at your heels, And such a coachman as great Tamburlaine, But from Asphaltis, where I conquered you, To Byron here, where thus I honour you?
Página 97 - Tis not the' poet, but the age is prais'd. Wit's now arriv'd to a more high degree; Our native language more refin'd and free. Our ladies and our men now speak more wit In conversation, than those poets writ.