W. H. Auden Drama Analysis - Essay

W. H. Auden Drama Analysis

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

W. H. Auden’s dramatic works—both the political plays and the librettos—are concerned at base with the exposition of ideas. In his plays, as in his poetry, he pursues a range of philosophical positions with relish and zest, and his writing for the stage is remarkable, finally, for its managing to bring dramatic vitality to political and theological concepts. His inventiveness, his willingness to experiment, and his masterful use of conventional forms (popular theater as well as opera) guarantee Auden and his collaborators a significant place in the history of modern drama.

Auden’s writing for the stage falls into two distinct categories: the plays of the 1930’s, written mostly in collaboration with Christopher...

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