Keats the dramatist

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Keats the dramatist

Postby Becky » Mon Feb 07, 2005 11:38 am

Where can I find Keats plays on-line? And where they actually any good?
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Postby jfk » Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:24 pm


If you type "otho the great" into google, the first link will yield that particular play. After that, I guess if you know the names of the plays, you should be able to find them in a similar manner.
A beacon in the starry sky, this man so dazzling
did not fly from here in a chariot of gold,
but left our world on a melancholic wing
and fled the sorrow that makes men old.
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Postby Saturn » Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:36 pm

As to whether they are good or not, I think even the most hardened Keatsian would say that his plays (or one play and a few scenes of King Stephen) are not as good as Keats wished they were.

He really believed that his real talent might lie in reviving British Theatre, which at that period had descneded into farce and sensationalism. Alas, for us and him, his Otho the Great was not really anything new and exciting, just a retread of familiar sub-Shakespearean tragedy like many of the other Romantic poets had tried to copy.

If you are interested in plays by the Romantics though, you could do worse than seek out Coleridge's Remorse, Shelley's The Cenci and Byron's Sardanapalus and Manfred for their own particular efforts at theatre works.
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Postby Becky » Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:25 pm

Aha! I was spelling it wrong. Thankyou all.
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