Finding Poetry, Prose, Drama Texts for LAMDA Watch
For a performance, I have selected a central theme around which I can choose one poem one prose piece and a drama piece.
I have some ideas already but am struggling to find anything on the internet for some things.
Would anyone have any ideas for a text type as above, for the following please?
1. The pressure felt in today's soceity to do well/succeed
2. Social Media pressure on young people
3. Men's Mental Health issues/mental health in general
Many thanks guys!
Pressure of modern society:
Not necessarily perfectly on your point, but The Handmaid's Tale - Margret Atwood (1985) brings up a lot of societal issues such as gender, religion, and political pressures/problems.
Sylvia Plath struggled with the pressure of being a domestic woman and motherhood, here are some poems that reflect this:
Letters Vol. I - Letter to her mother in 1949 saying: 'I am afraid of getting married. Spare me from cooing three meals a day...'
Sow - Sylvia Plath (1960) (link to poem)
Moonrise - Sylvia Plath (1960) (link to poem)
In terms of men's mental health, these are quite narrative:
The Maniac's Funeral - Charles Dibdin (1825) (link to poem)
Mental Cases - Wilfred Owen (1917) (link to poem)
Lady Lazarus - Sylvia Plath (1965) (link to poem)
Having it Out with Melancholy - Jane Kenyon (2005) (link to poem)
Still Life with Antidepressants - Aaron Smith (2015) (link to poem)
All sections of 'Poem for a Birthday' - links pregnancy and madness - 'The Beast' speaks of her disillusionment with marriage.
(link to 'The Beast')
An extract from Wonder - R. J. Palacio (2012)
Hope this at least gives you a starting point for your ideas
pressure to succeed - Angels in America (relationship of Roy Cohn to his protégé), the Great Gatsby, The History Boys, Jude the Obscure