First performance[ edit ] George Bellthe Bishop of Chichesterwas instrumental in getting Eliot to work as writer with producer E. Martin Browne in producing the pageant play The Rock
Its Causes The 19th century in England, says G. Frazer, although rich in other kinds of literature, is weak in drama. The Elizabethan age was a great age of poetic drama, and all through the 19th century practically all the great poets, Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, Browning, Arnold, Tennyson, tried their hands at poetic drama, but failed to bring about a revival of this literary genre.
As Eliot puts it, at the opening of the century, there were plays written by poets who had no knowledge of the stage, or by men who knew the stage but were no poets at all.
Besides this, the shadow of Shakespeare was always there. All verse-dramatists tried to use the traditional blank verse. Failure of Prose Drama: The Rise of Poetic Drama English poetic drama in the present century arose as a reaction to the naturalistic prose drama of Ibsen, Shaw and Galsworthy.
By the second decade of the century, this prose drama had reached a dead end. On the whole, this prose drama, in a decadent stage after the best work of Shaw, had failed to grasp the depth, tension and complexity of contemporary life.
It was a mere entertainment and did not maintain any high levels. It concerned itself entirely with social and economic problems to the entire exclusion of deeper and more fundamental issues.
It aimed at photographic realism, avoided the romantic and the poetic, and had grown too intellectual and sophisticated. It appealed to the mind rather than to the heart. Herod, the first poetic-play of Stephen Phillips, appeared inand this marks the beginning of the revival of poetic drama in the 20th century.
Irish dramatists, like W. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Cristopher Fry. However, it is T. Eliot who, both through his theory and practice of poetic drama, has achieved considerable success in establishing tradition of poetic plays in the 20th century. Creation of Suitable Atmosphere Eliot took to writing plays comparatively late in his career; he came to theatre as a mature critic and poet.
He had a full understanding of the nature of poetic drama, the difference between verse drama and prose drama, the causes of the failure of 19th century verse dramatists, the problem, technical and otherwise, which face a writer of verse plays in the modern age.
Through his own practice, he showed that verse drama is possible in the modern age. Solved the Thematic Problem Eliot emphasised that there are certain conditions which must be fulfilled before success can be achieved in this field. First, it must be realised that the difference between prose drama and verse drama is not merely one of medium.
The themes of the two are, and must be different. Poetic drama has been thought fit only for such themes as cannot be appropriately dealt with by the naturalistic prose drama T. The dramatic adequacy then demands a poignant theme, involving symbolic characters with imaginative atmosphere; this means a fall back on the elemental, emotional realities of life in contradistinction to the socio-economic issues which constitute the realm of the naturalistic prose drama.But “murder in cathedral” has the strength that it is the great poetic drama written by Eliot.
It is the great play as a poetic drama. In “the music of poetry” () Eliot acknowledges his bias in favour of the poetry to which he was indebted as a poet, and says that the music of poetry is not independent of the meaning.
Poetic drama still needed a suitable verse form, as the Elizabethan blank verse became cliché in excessive use. Also a poetic drama written on the same theme, Tennyson's Becket tried to be Shakespearean and met an even worse reception than its predecessors.
Murder in the Cathedral marks the maturing stage of Eliot's experimentation with verse forms, culminating in The Family Reunion. Murder in the Cathedral, poetic drama in two parts, with a prose sermon interlude, the most successful play by American English poet T.S.
The play was performed at Canterbury Cathedral in and published the same year. Set in December , it is a modern miracle play on the martyrdom of. Poetic drama still needed a suitable verse form, as the Elizabethan blank verse became cliche in excessive use.
Also a poetic drama written on the same theme, Tennyson's Becket tried to be Shakespearean and met an even worse reception than its predecessors.
Murder in the Cathedral marks the maturing stage of Eliot's experimentation with verse forms, culminating in The Family Reunion. Murder in the Cathedral I had only two other pieces of drama or poetry in my collection - an old Arden's Shakespeare edition of Henry V and a collection of Poe's works - I'm just not a big fan of reading poetry or drama, though I do enjoy seeing plays acted.
(and without humor). And different from other adaptations of the Becket story /5(85). Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Murder in the Cathedral at tranceformingnlp.com Read honest and unbiased I had only two other pieces of drama or poetry in my collection - an old Arden's Shakespeare edition of Henry V and a collection of Poe's works - I'm just not a big fan of reading poetry or drama, though I do enjoy seeing.