The Third Voice: Modern British and American Verse Drama

Donoghue, Denis

Published by Princeton University Press, 1959
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Princeton. 1959. Princeton University Press. 1st American Edition. Bookplate In Front & Rear Boards A Bit Scuffed, Otherwise Very Good. No Dustjacket. 27. 286 pages. hardcover. keywords:. inventory # 23484. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In 1959, Denis Donoghue published his first work of literary theory, entitled THE THIRD VOICE. In the more than 50 years since, Donoghue has risen to become a key figure in contemporary literary culture internationally. In 2002, the New York Review of Books listed him ‘among the most lucid and intellectually powerful of modern critics and literary theorists.’ FROM THE INTRODUCTION - Poetic drama, verse drama, prose drama, dramatic verse, dramatic poetry - we have a generous supply of terms, yet we confuse our speech by blurring their outlines. ‘Poetic drama,’ for instance, is a term of praise used so loosely in critical writings that it no longer bears a reasonably stable meaning. Mr. Eliot, an agile rhetorician, relates it so closely to ‘verse drama’ that he implies a firm equation of these terms. This equation is rejected, however, by Mr. Granville-Barker: ‘What is Poetic Drama? Not simply drama written in verse, .’ Agreed. ‘Verse drama’ is a purely technical phrase: it makes no implications whatever as to the quality of the script or of the play as a whole. Unlike ‘poetic drama,’ it is entirely neutral in its application. It is customary (and appropriate) to describe as poetic dramas certain plays such as Shaw’s The Apple Cart, Synge’s Riders to the Sea, and Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, the texts of which are in prose. The phrase would also be used to describe, in terms of form, a great silent film such as Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc. It would appear, therefore, that the phrase is characteristically applied in recognition of the validity of certain dramatic structures which are not necessarily verbal at all. Bookplate In Front & Rear Boards A Bit Scuffed, Otherwise Very Good. No Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 23484

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Title: The Third Voice: Modern British and American...

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 1959

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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