Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Donald F. Duns

First Committee Member

Darnell C. P[?]

Second Committee Member

Charles Clerc


Thomas Stearns Eliot wrote only seven dramatic works, which include the unfinished fragments Sweeny Agonistes and the pageant play, The Rock. These works show the ways Eliot put into practice his own theories about the relationship of drama and verse. Although their relative merits are the subject of considerable critical controversy, each play affords a rich theatrical experience. This study attempts to assess the real value of Eliot’s work and seeks to explore the relationship between his avowed intentions to communicate in the theatre, and the finished product of his labors. Necessarily, we must examine his views on art, religion, drama, and verse because all of these are part of the creative process.





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