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All literature involves some kind of performance which is intended for an audience. Sometimes, however, the performative quality of a work (i.e., the fact that it is being presented to an audience) is more obvious than through others. Drama and poetry, for example, tend to emphasize overt performance more than short stories, which are read silently and in solitude more frequently.

How is the more direct performative aspect of drama and/or poetry reflected in these forms? Consider, for example, each genre's uses of literary structure, language, technique, and style. How do these literary elements affect your reading experience?

In your answer, identify key qualities of drama and poetry that emphasize their performative qualities. Discuss how these characteristics shape your reading response. Support your views with at least one example of a dramatic text and one example of a poem.

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The question is an intriguing one. I think, in some respects, you might want to start this task by considering what written drama can do, versus what other formats cannot do. For example, consider the fact that drama has to, by definition, allow for more performance freedom while maintaining, at the same time, ...

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There are similarities and differences between the literary forms of the short story, the poem, and drama. For example, one major difference is that both poetry and drama frequently place a strong emphasis on performance before an audience that is physically present, while the short story is more commonly intended for individual reading.

With that said, it is important to remember that all literary works cannot always be easily classified into a single genre. Moreover, literary works which might be classified as belonging to one genre might possess many qualities more typical of other genres. For example, Shakespeare's Macbeth is classified as drama, but in many respects takes the form of poetry. In other words, sometimes the differences between categories like drama, poetry, and the short story are not so easily defined. Often, a short story might contain poetic or dramatic qualities, or a poem might include narrative and dramatic features.

In your post, summarize the major similarities and differences between the forms of drama, poetry, and the short story. In your response, include at least one example of each literary form. If you wish, you may also point to examples, which indicate the blurring of literary genres (e.g., the poetic qualities of Macbeth or the dramatic elements of Gift of the Magi).

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