Why is "Murder in the Cathedral" called a poetic play?

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Because it's written in verse. You might hear it called a poetic play, or indeed, a "verse drama": all that means is that the dialogue is patterned into a verse form. If you looked at a script of - say - General Hospital, you'd find that you couldn't put the dialogue into a rhythm most of the time. The lines would be as long - or short - or contain as many...

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