Thursday, September 17, 2009

#QuoteOfTheMoment: Pierre Corneille, on Understanding Playwrighting

I like following the rules, but, far from being their slave, I relax or tighten them up as my subject demands, and I even make no bones about breaking the rule regarding the duration of the plot when it bears so harshly on the work as to be incompatible with the finer points of the events described. To know the rules is one thing; to possess the secret of taming them adroitly and harnessing them to our stage is a very different one. And, to make a play a success, it is, I suggest, not enough these days merely to have read up Aristotle and Horace.”
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PIERRE CORNIEILLE,
French poet & dramatist

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