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 through 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 convey, The King at the sq. and The Unknown lady - are pivotal records within the improvement of modernist drama. In his productions of A Puppet exhibit; and The Unknown girl, Meyerhold first started to paintings the fundamental tenets of his method of gruesome and constructivist theatre. furthermore, A Puppet convey supplied the muse and masses of the basis for Meyerhold's theoretical writings. therefore, those performs are fundamental to any scholar of Meyerhold or modernist theatre. The performs are offered within the context of the poetry from which they issued which will recommend how Blok built the topics and motifs of the performs in different genres.
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A hand thrust out from behind the curtain grabs the Author by the collar. He disappears with a scream into the wings. The curtains quickly draw apart. A ball. The maskers circle under the quiet strains of a dance. Amongst them walk other maskers, knights, ladies, clowns. ) PIERROT. I stood between two streetlights And listened to their voices As they whispered, huddled in their coats. Night kissed them on the eyes. And the silver blizzard twined A wedding ring for them. And I saw right through the night – my girlfriend Smiled into his face.
I see that your eyes have turned blue. Towards nightfall your youth will draw you on. GIRL. Let’s be happy! Let’s be happy! The seas are singing! I can hear the ships coming from far, far away. YOUTH. I can hear the distant waves murmur. I can see the wind chase the clouds. GIRL. The beams of the lighthouses penetrate mists. Over the pier they’ll place lights as precaution. YOUTH. Look – the storm petrels are roving over the foam. On the crest of a wave, fate pitches them. GIRL. A gold rocket will fly up above the storm To greet my glad ships!
Let him talk. That’s nothing. His despair is also immeasurable. ) SECOND. Neither shelter, nor family. There’s nowhere to lay my head. It’s terrifying. FIRST. He who feels sorry for nothing has nothing to fear. SECOND. Twilight towards dawn. Mortal anguish. VOICE OF THE THIRD. Burn. Burn. SECOND. It’s terrifying. I feel sorry. VOICE OF THE THIRD. Die if you’re sorry. (They are silent. ) 50 Blok’s trilogy of lyric dramas SECOND. Tell me, friend, you once believed in virtue, didn’t you? FIRST. I’ll shake on that.