What is Drama?

Drama is related more through gesture and action. Allen Tate argued ‘with the disappearance of general patterns of conduct the power to depict action… also disappears’ (Donoghue 1958, p. 305).

Tate went on to say ‘the dramatic genius of the poet is held in short flights and the dramatic lyric is a fragment of a total action which the poet lacks the means to delineate’ (Donoghue 1958 p. 305). Penny Bernal, a tutor for an English language development course, uses drama to teach English to her students (Bernal 2007, pp. 26-28). She found drama to be ‘an effective tool for language learning and literacy’ (Bernal 2007, p. 26).

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