First published in 1964, this arresting and original work is a study of the relations between content and form in drama; the conflict between and ultimate reconciliation of certain kinds of material that life presents to the poet and the demands inherent in dramatic form and technique. There are chapters on Shakespeare’s historical plays, on Troilus and Cressida, on Milton’s Samson Agonistes and on general dramatic problems.
1. Introduction to 1964 Edition 2. Author’s Preface 3. Acknowledgements 4. The Limitations of Drama 5. Samson Agonistes and Religious Drama 6. Shakespeare’s Political Plays 7. ‘Discord in the Spheres’: the Universe of Troilus and Cressida 8. The Functions of Imagery in Drama 9. A Technical Problem: The Revelation of Unspoken Thought in Drama 10. The Equilibrium of Tragedy 11. Apendix 12 Bibliography 13. Index.