heroic drama


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heroic drama

n.
Restoration tragedy or tragicomedy composed in heroic couplets and generally characterized by exotic settings, bombastic rhetoric, and exaggerated characterization.
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Chapter four deliberately erases the Restoration divide by arguing that heroic drama connects the interregnum masque to drama performed in the 1660s and 1670s.
Pilss has composed a purely musical protagonist that is able to convey all the elements of the heroic drama without an external storyline.
They then focus on genres of Restoration drama, including heroic drama and tragicomedy, serious varieties, theater music, and Shakespeare and other adaptations, followed by a section on specific dramatists, such as William Davenant, Thomas Shadwell, John Crown, Aphra Behn, and Susanna Centlivre.
All that aficionados of heroic drama have to decide is whether they prefer to see the twoparter over two nights - or a six-hour version.
Heroic drama is also interested in depicting royalist men in need of reform which Burks sees as evidence of the drama "directly confronting the negative portrait of the monarch as presented in the Interregnum press" (302).
Keywords: Restoration ideology, rhymed verse, blank verse, religious ideology, Hobbesian philosophy, heroic drama.
18) In this case, Behn uses the high plot to raise, if only provisionally, the idea of English heroism in America, but signals through her stale imitation of Dryden's well known The Indian Emperor (1665) that the strict behavioral codes of the heroic drama are residual and limiting, included only to be dismissed and surpassed.
Unlike Theobald, Young, and Thomson, Benjamin Martyn escaped identification (though not at least one instance of undeclared parody)(5) in Fielding's early burlesque of the language and conventions of heroic drama, The Tragedy of Tragedies (1731), which in its original version of Tom Thumb had opened a mere three months after Timoleon.
These occasions were held to be of different status, the August opera being conventionally a pastoral, performed in the summer residence (the Favorita), and the November opera a heroic drama for the great court theatre.
Once a defender of heroic drama, he came to see that the realistic writing of his era (rather than the pseudo-poetry of, say, Christopher Fry) was the truest response to the times.
However, in general, Trussler's analyses do not depend on such knowledge; the titles mentioned in connection with seventeenth-century heroic drama, for example, rather than baffling students, will send them in the right direction for further exploration of a genre that Trussler adequately introduces.
17) The characteristic form of the conflict between love and honor in seventeenth century heroic drama involved a generally different emphasis in terms of plot from that in either Othello or `Tis Pity.