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Unformatted text preview: Romantic Drama o British romantic poets John Keats Percy Bysshe Shelly Lord Byron o Closet Dramas - plays to be read, not produced Melodrama o Melo - means song Originally resembled comic operettas o Later developed into dramas using background music to alter the mood o Virtuous maiden, unscrupulous landlord o Plays were sentimental with well-defined heroes, heroines, and villains o Lots of twists and turns in the plots o Strong emotional appeal o Decisive endings o Camiile by Alexadre Dumas, Opera by La Traviata, Uncle Tom's Cabin - Novel and drama "The well-made play" - Eugene Scribe o Exposition - an explanation of what is going on and one or two surprises o Surprise - a letter opened at a critical moment o Suspense - steadily built throughout the play o Climax - late in the play, secrets are revealed, hero confronts antagonist and wins o Denouement - resolution of the drama, all loose ends are tied up...
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- Spring '08