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Chapter 4 - Form

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 July 2021

Christopher Morash
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Trinity College Dublin
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W. B. Yeats began work on his theory of theatre in the early 1900s in his writings for the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey, and these included a series of precepts for dramaturgy that encompassed character, action, and language. For Yeats, dramatic character was not simply a mimetic representation of a personality; instead, it was a set of human possibilities defined by an action. Yeats would ultimately relate this theory to his wider understanding of personality and action developed in his poetry, and in writings such as A Vision. Likewise, his theories of the language appropriate to drama, and the techniques that should be used to capture the quality of speech, are closely related to his own development as a poet. Indeed, there is an argument to be made that all of his poetry from about 1900 onwards is theatrical, in the sense that it implies a voice. Collectively, Yeats’s writings on theory constitute a coherent treatise on dramatic construction.

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Yeats on Theatre , pp. 93 - 112
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Form
  • Christopher Morash, Trinity College Dublin
  • Book: Yeats on Theatre
  • Online publication: 09 July 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009031509.005
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  • Christopher Morash, Trinity College Dublin
  • Book: Yeats on Theatre
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  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009031509.005
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  • Form
  • Christopher Morash, Trinity College Dublin
  • Book: Yeats on Theatre
  • Online publication: 09 July 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009031509.005
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