The Restoration was an age
when wit prevailed on page and stage;
the mastermind was Molière
whose influence went everywhere;
alas, the English-born poets
were too lazy to rhyme couplets;
so, for the mirth of modern folks,
we’ll versify those bonny jokes;
and, bettering them manifold,
let’s illustrate those plays of old.

 

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THE MISANTHROPE
BASED ON MOLIÈRE’S PLAY OF THE SAME NAME
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THE ALCHEMIST
BASED ON BEN JONSON’S PLAY OF THE SAME NAME

THE ROARING GIRL
BASED ON MIDDLETON & DEKKER’S PLAY OF THE SAME NAME
THE MERRY BEGGARS
BASED ON RICHARD BROME’S PLAY A JOVIAL CREW



Illustration: The Alchemist [panel 13]
     also published in The Penn Review, winter 2017.

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