Essays and Studies

Essays and Studies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...it. Hence it was that, if they indulged, they indulged but rarely in vulgar comedy. Hence, in selecting their plots, they were careful to choose such subjects as recommended themselves by their dignity or impressiveness. With equal solicitude had they employed all the resources of learning and rhetoric to elevate and embellish their style, and all the resources of imagination and fancy to cast the halo of poetry over life. The result was, that they had produced works which stand much higher as poems than as dramas--works which are not indeed without dramatic merit, and dramatic merit of a high order, but which, where they reflect humanity, reflect it principally in its heroic or poetic aspects. Wherever they had attempted, as they had sometimes done in Comedy, to be strictly realistic, they had as a rule signally failed. With the writers of domestic Tragedy it was exactly the reverse. With them the poetic element was not simply subordinate to the realistic, but almost entirely disappeared. Rejecting fiction, they took their stand on naked fact. Rejecting transcendentalism, they in the case of the first part of Jeronimo we are attributing to him a play which he never wrote. It is quite possible that he was himself a purely ' classical" dramatist, and that his characteristic work is to be found in Cornelia and in the first two acts of The Spanish Tragedy, but the balance of probability inclines towards the view which we havo taken. In either case the point of interest lies in the evolution of the realistic drama out of the classical. prided themselves on their prosaic fidelity to prosaic truth. For the graces of expression they cared nothing. Naked tragedy, Wherein no filed points are foisted in, To make it pleasing to the ear or eye, For...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603303
  • 9781236603302