A-Z: General definitions: Neo-classical tragedy


Literally a new or revived form of ancient Greek tragedy. The three Unities of action, time and place were originally defined and used in classical Greek theatre as follows:
the plot must have a logical consistency
the action must be completed within a span of twenty-four hours
the events must occur in a single location
In addition:
violent events can only happen offstage
the vocabulary is limited, with frequently repeated poetic phrases
there is no vulgarity 

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