Project #10619 - question 6(100 words or more)

 

I would like to think that with drama and poetry, reading it out loud or acting it out would make more sense because of the language as much of it was from the 1800s to the early twentieth century, even before then. For example, Macbeth in 1606 written by Shakespeare and John Keats’ piece La Belle Dame sans Merci penned in 1819.

Macbeth is dramatic and while many people enjoy reading this play, the mood of the play is best derived via performance. While we know the tragic foreshadowing of Macbeth, it is best known via the three witches in the very beginning of the play. “When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” (Shakespeare, 1606). Reading it, we can easily pick up what is to come of Macbeth but as it is acted out, the tone of the words and how they are said can be heard, giving an eerie uncomfortable feeling in the audience.

La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats talks about a love affair between a knight and a mysterious woman. The word usage hints it is someone mythical but it is unknown who. If this was read out loud and with meaning, we would be able to sense the tragic future that the knight has walked into. “I met a lady in the meads, Full beautiful – a faery’s child” (Keats, 1819) would show a man meeting a woman with mystery. With her origin being unknown, the man has walked into trouble. The word usage in the poems entirety would be easier to hear than read and have to decode the words and language.

I also think that poetry and drama encase more symbolism than with short stories, not that I am saying that short stories do not have symbolism, as they do but you would think the meanings within drama and poetry are more complex and would convey different and often times more meaningful symbolism. Because of the word usage and symbolism, reading it or acting it out allows the viewer or listener to vividly image what is going on easier over reading. When reading dramas and poetry are read to yourself, there is a sense of confusion which sends the reader looking up terms and re-reading the piece.

Another piece that stands out aside from poetry and short stories lies within the drama department which shows that it is more of a performance based genre is the directional passages that show what a character is doing. Some of these directional passages will often showcase facial expressions, actions and even time of day. Within poetry and short stories, it is more often blatantly said than given in a direction.

Short stories on the other hand are fairly easily to decipher as the story progresses. Sometimes the reader may have to put the work down and think about it but in terms it is easier to read.

 

do you agree or disagree, why or why not?

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 08/11/2013 12:00 am
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