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Yes, thinking about it now, it's almost a precursor to the "problem plays."
BrokenTune 3 years ago
It is, isn't it?
Makes me wonder whether there was something that triggered this shift.
Hmmm. An event in his personal life, you mean?
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Not necessarily in his personal life. Just what made him look at the more serious elements that can underlie a comedy.
There was a whiff of it at the end of Love's Labours Lost, too, when the characters abandoned - or postponed by a year - their romantic fooling about because there were matters of state to be gotten on with.
Also interesting (to me at least) is that his comedies, whilst taking a more psychologically realistic view of life as time went on, never ventured into satire - contrasting strongly with even the little Middleton I've read so far.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Dang. It appears I need to add some Middleton to my TBR. I'm intrigued how his comedy differs.
Well, I'm referring to his satyrical pamphlets rather than his drama.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Ah, I see.
I've only read one play, so far and it's not a full on comedy, but it does satarise the legal profession to an extent.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
And I'm following your updates on Middleton with interest. :)
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