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Pedro Calderon de La Barca: Life's a Dream

Pedro Calderon de La Barca Life s a Dream What is life A frenzy What is life An illusion a shadow a fiction and the greatest good is fleeting for all life is a dream and even dreams are but dreams That is the haunting lesson learned by Pr

  • Title: Pedro Calderon de La Barca: Life's a Dream
  • Author: Pedro Calderón de la Barca Michael Kidd
  • ISBN: 9780856688966
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What is life A frenzy What is life An illusion, a shadow, a fiction and the greatest good is fleeting, for all life is a dream, and even dreams are but dreams That is the haunting lesson learned by Prince Sigismund in Life s a Dream La vida es sueno , the best known and most widely admired play of Catholic Europe s greatest dramatist, Pedro Calderon de la Barca Ca What is life A frenzy What is life An illusion, a shadow, a fiction and the greatest good is fleeting, for all life is a dream, and even dreams are but dreams That is the haunting lesson learned by Prince Sigismund in Life s a Dream La vida es sueno , the best known and most widely admired play of Catholic Europe s greatest dramatist, Pedro Calderon de la Barca Calderon s long life 1600 1681 witnessed the pinnacle and collapse of Spanish political power as well as the great flowering of classical Spanish literature He inherited his dramatic principles from his brilliant predecessor, Lope de Vega, perfecting his formula with economical plots, greater subtlety of thought, and, in some cases, deeper character development and psychological insight Nowhere is Calderon s talent evident than in Life s a Dream, the poignant tale of a prince imprisoned at birth by his astrologer king father and liberated on the same day a beautiful woman stumbles into his life The interwoven themes of love, loss, power, and destiny make it the peer of such plays as Oedipus and Hamlet The volume comes with a generous set of supplementary materials including critical introduction, translator s notes, suggestions for directors, bibliography, and glossary.

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    1. Pedro Calderón de la Barca Michael Kidd

      Pedro Calder n de la Barca y Henao was a dramatist of the Spanish Golden Age.Calder n initiated what has been called the second cycle of Spanish Golden Age theatre Whereas his predecessor, Lope de Vega, pioneered the dramatic forms and genres of Spanish Golden Age theatre, Calder n polished and perfected them Whereas Lope s strength lay in the sponteneity and naturalness of his work, Calder n s strength lay in his capacity for poetic beauty, dramatic structure and philosophical depth Calder n was a perfectionist who often revisited and reworked his plays, even long after they debuted This perfectionism was not just limited to his own work many of his plays rework existing plays or scenes by other dramatists, improving their depth, complexity, and unity Many European playwrights of the time, such as Moli re, Corneille and Shakespeare, reworked old plays in this way Calder n excelled above all others in the genre of the auto sacramental , in which he showed a seemingly inexhaustible capacity to giving new dramatic forms to a given set of theological constructs Calder n wrote 120 comedias , 80 autos sacramentales and 20 short comedic works called entremeses

    622 Comments

    1. Hi I just read this book out of coincidence as it was on my uncle s house I borrowed it from him because I wanted to read this book written on the Spanish Golden Century on Letters Language is very cultured as expected, and its poetry and ryme is just awsome During the book several reflections on life are made so there are a couple that will left you thinking.This book belongs to the peace of works that allow to have a better knowledge of my native spoken language, and this effort will hoppefull [...]


    2. A thought provoking and beautiful read that challenges the notions we have of reality and whether or not what we do in our dreams and in our waking life really matter.


    3. It was actually fun to read I did read it all in one night right before my midterm the next day Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable play For CLit30B




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