Aleksander Blok's Trilogy of Lyric Dramas: A Puppet Show, by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok, Timothy C. Westphalen

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 20th 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 exhibit; and The Unknown girl, Meyerhold first started to paintings the fundamental tenets of his method of gruesome and constructivist theatre. in addition, A Puppet convey supplied the muse and masses of the root for Meyerhold's theoretical writings. for this reason, those performs are integral to any scholar of Meyerhold or modernist theatre. The performs are provided within the context of the poetry from which they issued so as to recommend how Blok constructed the topics and motifs of the performs in different genres.

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Ill-omened lights were flickering. His gaze described an arc. All night they circled in a noisy dance. All night the circle pressed against the walls. And in the luster of the window – at dawn, His noiseless friend appeared. He stood and raised his owl-like gaze And watched – intent, alone – Where jingling Harlequin was running away Behind his pale-white Columbine. There in the corner, beneath the icons, In a crowd that crumples variously, Rolling his childish eyes, The deceived Pierrot trembling.

A rain, resinous and clean! Where are you, our glittering, quick, Fiery leader? ) HARLEQUIN. Along streets sleepy and snowy I dragged the idiot after me! The world was revealed to rebellious orbs. A snowy wind sang over me! O, how my youthful breast wished To breathe in deep and go out into the world, To realize in empty isolation, My happy springtime feast. Here no one dares to understand That spring swims at the summit! Here no one knows how to love! Here they live in mournful slumber! Hello, world!

O, Eternal Happiness! Eternal Happiness! SHE. Happiness. HE. ) Day is near. The end draws on to this ill-omened night. SHE. Night. (At this moment one of the clowns gets it into his head to play a trick. He runs up to the lover and sticks his long tongue out at him. The lover ferociously beats the clown about the head with his heavy wooden sword. The clown leans over the footlights and hangs down. ) CLOWN. Help me! I’m hemorrhaging cranberry juice! A Puppet Show 31 (He hangs around a while, then withdraws.

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