The Rock: A Pageant Play
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 4. mar. 2014 - 86 sider
The choruses in this pageant play represent a new verse experiment on Mr. Eliot's part; and taken together make a sequence of verses about twice the length of "The Waste Land."
Mr. Eliot has written the words; the scenario and design of the play were provided by a collaborator, and the purpose was to provide a pageant of the Church of England for presentation on a particular occasion. The action turns upon the efforts and difficulties of a group of London masons in building a church. Incidentally a number of historical scenes, illustrative of church-building, are introduced. The play, enthusiastically greeted, was first presented in England, at Sadler's Wells; the production included much pageantry, mimetic action, and ballet, with music by Dr. Martin Shaw.
Immediately after the production of this play in England, Francis Birrell wrote in The New Statesman: "The magnificent verse, the crashing Hebraic choruses which Mr. Eliot has written had best be studied in the book. 'The Rock' is certainly one of the most interesting artistic experiments to be given in recent times." The Times Literary Supplement also spoke with high praise: "The choruses exceed in length any of his previous poetry; and on the stage they prove the most vital part of the performance. They combine the sweep of psalmody with the exact employment of colloquial words. They are lightly written, as though whispered to the paper, yet are forcible to enunciate. . . . There is exhibited here a command of novel and musical dramatic speech which, considered alone, is an exceptional achievement."
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AGITATOR ain't ALFRED AND EDWIN altar Ammonite aven't bein Bert Bishop Bishop of London BLACKSHIRTS blessed bloke BLOMFIELD bricks and mortar build a church buildin built CHORUS LEADER Christopher Wren City CONTRACTOR CROWD curtains open darkness dedication ELDERLY MERCHANT enemies Enter ETHELBERT Evelyn faith Father FISHERMAN forever Fred George Robey glory God's world goin Harry heart hght holy House I'eard King kneel labour land lights fade live London look Lord MAJOR manual labourers Martin Shaw mean meanin MELLITUS MILLICENT NEHEMIAH night nothin ouse POULTRIDGE preach PREACHER puttin RAHERE REDSHIRTS religion remember ROCK SABERT saints Sanballat SHEMAIAH somethin song speech spirit stone Syria T. S. Eliot take the Cross tell Temple Thee there's things thou unto unto this last VOICE Waste and void what's words WORKMEN worship WREN YOUNG WOMAN