Freedom through Restraint

I love the constraint of plays. Movies and books can take you anywhere with virtually no limits, but plays have to stay within a small set of locations. There’s an idea that these
kinds of limitations hinder art, that any set of rules takes away from the art-ness, but I’ve always felt otherwise. In my opinion art flourishes within these kinds of limitations. Take poetry for instance. It used to be about rhyme and meter, but today it has become something almost without bounds. Not to say that free-verse poetry is without its own form of beauty, but there is something truly amazing about someone who can create something of beauty within the bounds of the formal rules of meter and rhyme.


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