Natalie Crohn Schmitt


University of Illinois at Chicago, U.S.A.

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Cycnos | Volume 14 n°1

Old Times: Pinter’s Meditation on Sweeney Agonistes*

“Writing on Sweeney Agonistes in 1970, William Spanos observed, particularly with reference to The Birthday Party, that the influence of that first T. S. Eliot play, 1926, on the drama of Harold Pinter, “especially on the monosyllabic diction, the primitive jazz rhythms, and, above all, the comic repetitions of its dialogue, is so clear, that, to me, it is a debt that jars.”1 Pinter scholars, on the other hand, have not acknowledged this debt. Recently, Martin Regal has argued that echoes of T. S. Eliot, particularly “Four Quartets” resound throughout No Man’s Land....”

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