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Keats the dramatist

PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 11:38 am
by Becky
Where can I find Keats plays on-line? And where they actually any good?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:24 pm
by jfk
Hi,

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.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:36 pm
by Saturn
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.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:25 pm
by Becky
Aha! I was spelling it wrong. Thankyou all.