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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In a mesmerising moment, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who nurtured many of the young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was honoured from the stage.
In one of the ceremony's most mesmerizing moments, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who nurtured many of the young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was honored from the Tony Award stage.
In a mesmerizing moment, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who nurtured many of the young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was honored from the Tony Award stage.
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.
In the tradition of the heroic drama, he is considerate to an honorable enemy, as his treatment of the wounded Friendly indicates (5.1.75-96), and he graciously brings the cross-dressing Ranter to Chrisante, declaring: "Madam, the Complaisance I show in bringing you my Rival, will let you see how glad I am to oblige you every way" (4.2.210-11).
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.