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Read Ë La vida es sueño Þ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ The masterwork of Spain’s preeminent dramatist—now in a new verse translation Life Is a Dream is a work many hold to be the supreme example of Spanish Golden Age drama Imbued with highly poetic language and humanist ideals it is an allegory that considers contending G themes of free will and predestination illusion and reality played out against the backdrop of court intrigue and the restoration of personal honorIn the mountainous barrens of Poland the rightful heir to the kingdom has been imprisoned since birth in an attempt by. IntroductionSuggestions for Further ReadingA Note on the Translation Life Is a Dream Explanatory Notes

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The masterwork of Spain’s preeminent dramatist now in a new verse translation Life Is a Dream is a work many hold to be the supreme example of Spanish Golden Age drama Imbued with highly poetic language and humanist ideals it is an allegory that considers contendin. What is life A thing that seemsA mirage that falsely gleamsPhantom joy delusive restSince is life a dream at bestAnd even dreams themselves are dreams

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La vida es sueñoHis father to thwart fate Meanwhile a noblewoman arrives to seek revenge against the man who deceived and forsook her love for the prospect of becoming king of Poland Richly symbolic and metaphorical Life Is a Dream explores the deepest mysteries of human experience. This play was first published in the 1600's in Spain The translation I read at Project Gutenberg was published in 1873 The introduction by the translator included this information A note by Hartzenbusch in the last edition of the drama published at Madrid 1872 tells that La Vida es Sueno is founded on a story which turns out to be substantially the same as that with which English students are familiar as the foundation of the famous Induction to the Taming of the Shrew Calderon found it however in a different work from that in which Shakespeare met with it or rather his predecessor the anonymous author of The Taming of a Shrew whose work supplied to Shakespeare the materials of his own comedyI have seen a movie version of The Taming Of The Shrew who could forget Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor but I don't remember ever reading the play itself It has been added to my Someday list now though I will want to read that 'famous Induction' for myselfMeanwhile back in Spainno back in Poland since that is where our action takes placewe are introduced to Rosaura who is a young lady masuerading as a man in order to get revenge for something which we do not learn until later She and her companion Clarin the reuisite clownish servant stumble across the hidden tower where Prince Sigismund has been chained his entire life They are discovered by the nobleman Clotaldo who takes them to the castle to turn them over to the King But there is a lot going on beneath the surface Clotaldo seems to recognize Rosaura but why Why does the King who is considered so wise rely so much on astrology and what troubles has that caused him and his country Why is Prince Sigismund a prisoner in the first place And the dream Just where does that come into the plot Does everyone get their heart's desire by the final curtain Or is it all just a dreamThis was a fun little romp with some lovely phrases throughout and a profound message about lifeand how to live it tossed out bit by bit in the final act I enjoyed the play but I would like to read it in the original Spanish someday if possible There are some speeches with puns and wordplay in them that would sound much better in Spanish The translator completely changed a few lines in the last act because he did not like the original puns which made sense in Spanish but not in English This can be a problem with Spanish especially when it is spoken because many words can be used in puns The translator added a footnote explaining what he did and whyCalderon is another new author to me but I want to explore of his work I uote the wiki article Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño usually referred as Pedro Calderón de la Barca ; 17 January 1600 – 25 May 1681 was a dramatist poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age During certain periods of his life he was also a soldier and a Roman Catholic priest Born when the Spanish Golden Age theatre was being defined by Lope de Vega he developed it further his work being regarded as the culmination of the Spanish Baroue theatre As such he is regarded as one of Spain's foremost dramatists and one of the finest playwrights of world literature SigismundIn this world's uncertain gleamThat to live is but to dreamMan dreams what he is and wakesOnly when upon him breaksDeath's mysterious morning beam