By the 1690's, another type of heroic drama, equally unrealistic but tinged with sentimentality, was enjoying a certain success.
The heroic drama of the second half of the seventeenth century rested upon theory rather than reality.
But his work in the heroic drama and in satire had determined his verse form and developed his ability in its use.
It is a heroic drama, severe in style and character as the Antigone of Sophocles.
No fiction can ever surpass in vividness the vast, heroic drama of the West.