The UVic Writer's Guide


Drama is literature written either for theatre performance or in a similar style intended for reading ("closet drama"). Examples of closet drama are works of the Roman tragedian Seneca, Milton's Samson Agonistes (1671), and Byron's Manfred (1817). In poetic drama, the common form of meter is blank verse, the major exception being the heroic dramas of the Restoration Period, which were written in heroic couplets. Although the terms tragedy, comedy, and tragicomedy are traditionally applied to drama alone, the same forms appear in poetic and prose narratives. For instance, Homer's epics the Iliad and the Odyssey are respectively tragic and comic in structure.

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