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Francis Beaumont. The Knight of the Burning Pestle. KBP: Nuts & Bolts, Contexts. author - date - genre English Renaissance drama: authors roots audiences locations. KBP: Drama and Language. blank verse pentameter couplets other poetic forms prose and its special functions

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francis beaumont

Francis Beaumont

The Knight of the Burning Pestle

kbp nuts bolts contexts
KBP:Nuts & Bolts, Contexts
  • author - date - genre
  • English Renaissance drama:
    • authors
    • roots
    • audiences
    • locations
kbp drama and language
KBP: Drama and Language
  • blank verse
  • pentameter couplets
  • other poetic forms
  • prose and its special functions
  • other common dramatic devices
kbp broad goals
KBP:broad goals
  • critique of bourgeois tastes (class satire)
  • parody of old-fashioned romances
    • similar to Don Quixote
  • literary in-jokes, allusions
    • compare Shakespeare in Love
kbp language and themes
KBP:Language and Themes
  • much attention to form & content of language
  • (ad)venturing:
    • merchants, knights, young lovers
  • money or mirth as life-goal???
kbp stagecraft
KBP:Stagecraft
  • mock death, near suicide
  • ghost scene
  • tricks and disguises
  • fight scenes
  • play-within (next to)-a-play:
    • [plot - subplot] - [counterplot]
kbp play s end
KBP:Play’s end
  • comic reconciliation, forgiveness, betrothal
    • takes place through mirth
  • Rafe’s death -- no loose ends!!
  • last words: be merry, applaud