Sunday, July 21, 2013
A Touch of the Poet
A Touch of the Poet is a play by Eugene O'Neill.
"It and its sequel, More Stately Mansions, were intended to be part of a nine-play cycle entitled A Tale of Possessors Self-Dispossessed. Set in the dining room of Melody's Tavern, located in a village a few miles from Boston, it centers on Major Cornelius ("Con") Melody, a braggart, social climber, and victim of the American class system in 1828 Massachusetts."
This play should be reviewed with a new perspective on immigrants and the different roles women and men play in their adapted country. It also reminds me of a novel "My Uncle Napoleon" written by Iranian writer Iraj Pezeshkzad which I believe its main character was somehow inspired by Major Cornelius Melody in this play.
Watch a scene.