The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Oct. 13, 1958

A Touch of the Poet is one of the two plays in Eugene O'Neill's projected eleven-play cycle that were not torn up. Originally intended to introduce the whole family chronicle, Poet takes place in 1828 in a tavern near Boston. Here, as elsewhere, O'Neill dramatizes in the agitated course of a day the downward course of a lifetime. As elsewhere too, O'Neill tells of one whose life would crumble but for his dreams and whose dreams themselves fall apart at last. And as so often in O'Neill, Poet has centripetal force and centrifugal...

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