Magnyfycence; A Moral Play

Magnyfycence; A Moral Play

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...when God speaks; one in Everyman's speech at 1. 131; and one in Everyman's dying prayer, 1. 880; and there is one stanza, with a couplet, in short two-accent lines at the beginning of the Death and Everyman scene, that marks the quick exchange of surprised conversation, and anticipates the metre of Courtly Abusion's monologue (Magn. 1. 838). The couplet is the predominant rime-scheme, and its extended use would be significant if it were not probably due to the example of its probable Dutch origina1. The prologue, --not found in the Dutch play, --which in every other play that has one calls for the most dignified stanza available, herestrangely enough is put into the only tail-rime of the play, but it is made somewhat more formal by carrying the same rime throughout for the tag (aab ccb ddb eeb, etc.). Hiclcscorner has for its chief metres the quatrain (abab), often linked in various ways with a second quatrain, the tail-rime in many forms, and the couplet. A few rime-royal stanzas occur at random. There is no visible order. The play opens with linked quatrains in the mouth of the virtues, and brings the vices on (1. 156) with tail-rime, as in Mankind; but elsewhere the two are hopelessly mixed. The play possesses, however, one significant metrical feature, --the extensive use of the couplet, for long speeches as well as for dialogue (see 11. 231-316, 331-391, 662694, 752-852, 901-932). This use is very similar to that found in Magnificence. The couplet, .the simplest of all the rime-schemes yet introduced into the drama, was replacing the others by a sort of natural selection. Mundus et Infans occupies a much less advanced stage in its metrical 'structure. It has no Couplets, and indulges in stanzas of the longest and..cx1iv Distinctions of Line and...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236569423
  • 9781236569424