Dramatic Opinions And Essays, With An Apology Volume 2; Containing As Well A Word On The Dramatic…

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byBernard Shaw

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1909 Excerpt: ... To suppress instead of to express, to avoid instead of to conquer, to ignore instead of to heal: all this, on the stage, ends in turning a man into a stick for fear of creasing his tailor's handiwork, and a woman into a hairdresser's window image lest she should be too actressy to be invited to a fashionable garden-party. SHAKESPEARE IN MANCHESTER 20 March, 1897. Antony and Cleopatra. Shakespearean revival by Mr. Louis Calvert at the Queen's Theatre, Manchester. Shakespeare is so much the word-musician that mere practical intelligence, no matter how well prompted by dramatic instinct, cannot enable anybody to understand his works or arrive at a right execution of them without the guidance of a fine ear. At the emotional climaxes in his works we find passages which are Rossinian in their reliance on symmetry of melody and impressiveness of march to redeem poverty of meaning. In fact, we have got so far beyond Shakespeare as a man of ideas that there is by this time hardly a famous passage in his works that is considered fine on any other ground than that it sounds beautifully, and awakens in us the emotion that originally expressed itself by its beauty. Strip it of that beauty of sound by prosaic paraphrase, and you have nothing left but a platitude that even an American professor of ethics would blush to offer to his disciples. Wreck that beauty by a harsh, jarring utterance, and you will make your audience wince as if you were singing Mozart out of tune. Ignore it by "avoiding sing-song"--that is, ingeniously breaking the verse up so as to make it sound like prose, as the professional elocutionist prides himself on doing--and you are landed in a stilted, monstrous jargon that has not even the prosaic merit of being intelligible. Let me give one example: Cl...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1909 Excerpt: ... To suppress instead of to express, to avoid instead of to conquer, to ignore instead of to heal: all this, on the stage, ends in...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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