Shakespeare on Scenery

[T]he stage was to represent the deck of a ship in a storm, or the interior of a Greek temple, or the streets of a certain town, to all of which inartistic devices Shakespeare is reduced, and for which he always amply apologizes.
Keats and Severn Graves in Rome, Oscar Wilde's The Tomb of Keats

The Tomb of Keats

  As published in the Irish Monthly, July, 1877   As one enters Rome from the Via Ostiensis by the Porta San Paolo, the first object that meets the eye is a marble pyramid which stands close at...