dramatic unities
noun plural Date: circa 1922 the unities of time, place, and action that are observed in classical drama

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  • dramatic unities — noun plural : the unities of time, place, and action observed in classical drama * * * the three unities of time, place, and action observed in classical drama as specified by Aristotle in his Poetics. [1920 25] …   Useful english dictionary

  • dramatic unities — the three unities of time, place, and action observed in classical drama as specified by Aristotle in his Poetics. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • DRAMATIC UNITIES —    three rules of dramatic construction prescribed by Aristotle, observed by the French dramatists, but ignored by Shakespeare, that (1) a play should represent what takes place within eight hours, (2) there must be no change of locality, and (3) …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • unities — ▪ dramatic literature       in drama, the three principles derived by French classicists from Aristotle s Poetics; they require a play to have a single action represented as occurring in a single place and within the course of a day. These… …   Universalium

  • dramatic literature — Introduction       the texts of plays that can be read, as distinct from being seen and heard in performance.       The term dramatic literature implies a contradiction in that literature originally meant something written and drama meant… …   Universalium

  • Unities — Unity U ni*ty, n.; pl. {Unities}. [OE. unite, F. unit[ e], L. unitas, from unus one. See {One}, and cf. {Unit}.] 1. The state of being one; oneness. [1913 Webster] Whatever we can consider as one thing suggests to the understanding the idea of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Classical unities — The classical unities, Aristotelian unities or three unities are rules for drama derived from a passage in Aristotle s Poetics. In their neoclassical form they are as follows: The unity of action: a play should have one main action that it… …   Wikipedia

  • theatre, Western — ▪ art Introduction       history of the Western theatre from its origins in pre Classical antiquity to the present.       For a discussion of drama as a literary form, see dramatic literature and the articles on individual national literatures.… …   Universalium

  • Theatre of France — For more information about the history of French literature, see the chronological articles in the French literature series in the template to the right. French theatre is a category of French literature. It may include Francophone theatre… …   Wikipedia

  • Corneille, Pierre — born June 6, 1606, Rouen, France died Oct. 1, 1684, Paris French poet and playwright. He studied law and was a king s counselor in Rouen (1628–50). He wrote his first comedy, Mélite (performed 1629), before he was 20; other comedies followed. He… …   Universalium

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