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The Tinker's Wedding
The drama is made seriousin the French sense of the wordnot by the degree in which it is taken up with problems that are serious in themselves, but by the degree in which it gives the nourishment, not very easy to define, on which our imaginations live. We should not go to the theatre as we go to a chemists, or a dram-shop, but as we go to a dinner, where the food we need is taken with pleasure and excitement. This was nearly always so in Spain and England and France when the drama was at its richestthe infancy and decay of the drama tend to be didacticbut in these days the playhouse is too often stocked with the drugs of many seedy problems, or with the absinthe or vermouth of the last musical comedy. The drama, like the symphony, does not teach or prove anything. Analysts with their problems, and teachers with their systems, are soon as old-fashioned as the pharmacopia of Galen,look at Ibsen and the Germansbut the best plays of Ben Jonson and Molire can no more go out of fashion than the black-berries on the hedges. Of the things which nourish the imagination humour is one of the most needful, and it is dangerous to limit or destroy it. Baudelaire calls laughter the greatest sign of the Satanic element in man; and where a country loses its humor, as some towns in Ireland are doing, there will be morbidity of mind, as Baudelaires mind was morbid. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 1328
Author: Synge, J. M. (John Millington)
Release Date: May 1, 1998
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