Third Voice: Modern British and American Drama

Third Voice: Modern British and American Drama

by Denis Donoghue

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Third Voice: Modern British and American Drama by Denis Donoghue

In this stimulating survey of the entire field of modern English verse drama, William Butler Yeats and T.S. Eliot are regarded as the key figures. Shorter studies are included of Christopher Fry, E.E. Cummings, W.H. Auden, Archibald MacLeish, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and Richard Eberhart.

Differing from some contemporary critics, Mr. Donoghue believes that verse drama is a major creative art-form of our literature, with a vigorous present and promise of a vital future. In a persuasive and perceptive exposition of this belief, he considers such questions as the nature of dramatic verse, the mood play, the relation between dramatic verse and the behavior of speech, the necessity of distinguishing between "verse drama" and “poetic drama” or “theatre poetry.”

Originally published in 1963.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691623757
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Series: Princeton Legacy Library Series
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

  • Frontmatter, pg. i
  • CONTENTS, pg. v
  • INTRODUCTION, pg. 1
  • CHAPTER ONE. ON VERSE IN DRAMA: A “NEUTRAL” SURVEY, pg. 11
  • CHAPTER TWO. FIVE ANECDOTES TO STAND FOR MANY, pg. 18
  • CHAPTER THREE. YEATS AND THE CLEAN OUTLINE, pg. 32
  • CHAPTER FOUR. DRAME À THÈSE: AUDEN AND CUMMINGS, pg. 62
  • CHAPTER FIVE. T. S. ELIOT AND THE COMPLETE CONSORT: MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, pg. 76
  • CHAPTER SIX. THE FAMILY REUNION, pg. 94
  • CHAPTER SEVEN. THE COCKTAIL PARTY, pg. 114
  • CHAPTER EIGHT. THE CONFIDENTIAL CLERK, pg. 138
  • CHAPTER NINE. THE ELDER STATESMAN: ELIOT IN FAIR COLONUS, pg. 158
  • CHAPTER TEN. ELIOT’S VERSE LINE, pg. 169
  • CHAPTER ELEVEN. CHRISTOPHER FRY’S THEATRE OF WORDS, pg. 180
  • CHAPTER TWELVE. THE MOOD PLAY IN VERSE: STEVENS, EBERHART, AND MACLEISH, pg. 193
  • CHAPTER THIRTEEN. EZRA POUND AND WOMEN OF TRACHIS, pg. 213
  • CHAPTER FOURTEEN. RICHARD EBERHART: THE VISIONARY FARMS, pg. 223
  • CHAPTER FIFTEEN. ON SPEAKING THE VERSE, pg. 236
  • CHAPTER SIXTEEN. THEATRE POETRY AND DRAMATIC VERSE, pg. 243
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, pg. 277
  • INDEX, pg. 281



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