is a tragic dramatic poem rather than an historical play. Ingenious and pretty, but vain fancies. When he first went into the theatrical business there was no reason why he should be exempted from any of its laws or customs. His first dramatic work that is, such work as was undertaken for a theatrical company and with prospect of immediate performance, or, what was more important to him, payment would naturally be of this kind. "King John" presents the events of a whole reign such as were capable of dramatic treatment wrought into a dramatic form, but without any true dramatic motive, and with a conclusion which, while it is an impressive close of the action, is not a dramatic. I cannot. (date when you accessed the information).
Shakespeare did not write plays with central ideas; and in all such incidents as those referred to he merely followed the course or the indications of the stories upon which he worked, as will appear in a very marked manner in the next play that. Metrical tests, of whatever kind, have a value in the establishment of the order of production of a poet's works; but they are secondary and accessory, and must be considered only in connection with all other evidence, external and internal. How to cite this article: White, Richard Grant. In both this play and its predecessor there is a pair of friends; but beware of being led by that fact into the assumption that they are companion plays, having friendship for their central idea, and illustrating it by the opposite conduct of Proteus and. White beards have arm'd their thin and hairless scalps Against thy majesty ; and boys with women's voices Strive to speak big, and clap their female joints In stiff unwieldy arms against thy crown.