By Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok, Timothy C. Westphalen
Aleksandr Blok's Trilogy of Lyric Dramas gathers jointly for the 1st time in English translation the 1st 3 performs via Aleksandr Blok, the pre-eminent poet of Russian Symbolism and one of many maximum poets of the 20 th century. the 3 performs that represent the trilogy - A Puppet express, The King at the sq. and The Unknown girl - are pivotal files within the improvement of modernist drama. In his productions of A Puppet convey; and The Unknown lady, Meyerhold first started to paintings the elemental tenets of his method of ugly and constructivist theatre. furthermore, A Puppet exhibit supplied the muse and masses of the basis for Meyerhold's theoretical writings. accordingly, those performs are critical to any scholar of Meyerhold or modernist theatre. The performs are awarded within the context of the poetry from which they issued which will recommend how Blok constructed the topics and motifs of the performs in different genres.
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Yes. THIRD. The event transpires. PIERROT. O, eternal horror, eternal gloom. FIRST MYSTIC. Do you wait? SECOND MYSTIC. I wait. THIRD MYSTIC. Near is the arrival. Beyond the window, the wind gave us an omen. PIERROT. Unfaithful one, where are you? A long chain Of street lamps stretches through the sleepy streets, And the lovers go, pair by pair, Warmed by their love’s light. Where are you? Why can’t we, after the last pair, Step into the circle meant for us? I will go and strum my sad guitar Under the window, where you dance in your friends’ chorus!
The people fear deceit. FIRST. Everybody will follow us. The hour will arrive, and everybody will follow us. SECOND. They have their families, their houses. FIRST. Their families have been corrupted. Their houses lean to one side. SECOND. There’s no place for fire in them. FIRST. Just the same, everything will burn. The heavy and the light, the dry and the damp. There’s just more smoke from the damp. SECOND. And will the old man be consumed? FIRST. There’s nothing left in him to burn. Everything turned to stone.
VOICE OF THE THIRD. ) We will die. (It is broad daylight. The city wakes up – the music of morning noises is all the more audible. ) SECOND. Do you hear that? They still haven’t lost hope. Their little axes pound. FIRST. They pound, and they build. They’ll be building until the last moment. SECOND. They’re decorating the pier. They’re erecting some kind of structure for meeting the ships. 52 Blok’s trilogy of lyric dramas FIRST. Let them hope. We alone will perish if the ships arrive, or if her lofty dream is realized.
Aleksander Blok's Trilogy of Lyric Dramas: A Puppet Show, The King on the Square, and The Unknown Woman (Routledge Harwood Russian Theatrearchive) by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok, Timothy C. Westphalen