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A poetics of the Elizabethan theatre is inseparable, in crucial respects, from a poetics of power.

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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A poetics of the Elizabethan theatre is inseparable, in crucial respects, from a poetics of power.

To approach the above discussion it must first be made clear

what is meant by "poetics." Todorov, in his book "Introduction to

Poetics" (pg.7) defines poetics as a "name for everything

that bears on the creation or composition of works having language at

once as their substance and as their instrument." This helps us to

understand what is meant by "A poetics of the Elizabethan Theatre" -

an exploration of all the external and internal influences that

shaped and made the said theatre what it was - but it is less helpful

in trying to assess what is meant by "a poetics of power." However,

with more thought, we can see that the above definition can be easily

adapted to enable an interpretation of the meaning of this phrase to

be made. "A poetics of power" will be taken to mean an inquiry,

essentially, into the nature of power and its causes and effects,

along with

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