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date: 14 December 2019

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The nature of poetry on the stage changed across the Restoration and eighteenth century as verse tragedy, both rhymed and blank, faced a gradual extinction, but from prologues and epilogues to concluding couplets to embedded songs to operas to farce, poems on the stage maintained a robustly healthy population. This chapter considers the various forms of stage poetry in this period as it appeared in print, how it was arranged on the page as a visual reading experience, and as it inhabited the stage, brought to life by an actor—poetry as gesture, as action, with the measures, times, and tunes of its historical moments.

Keywords: poetry, drama, prologues, epilogues, plays, opera, actors

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