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 by way of 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 exhibit, The King at the sq. and The Unknown lady - are pivotal records within the improvement of modernist drama. In his productions of A Puppet express; and The Unknown lady, Meyerhold first started to paintings the fundamental tenets of his method of gruesome and constructivist theatre. in addition, A Puppet exhibit supplied the muse and masses of the basis for Meyerhold's theoretical writings. for that reason, those performs are critical to any pupil of Meyerhold or modernist theatre. The performs are offered within the context of the poetry from which they issued on the way to recommend how Blok constructed the subjects and motifs of the performs in different genres.
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You’re afraid of something. We are strong only with your strength. But if even you are a phantom, then we will wane in this vagrant morning light. People won’t follow us. 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.
It’s excruciating when the day awakens. VOICE OF THE THIRD. Don’t give in to despair. Don’t give in to death. FIRST. There’s nothing left for me to give in to, comrade. I don’t believe in anything anymore. But I fear for the others. SECOND and VOICE OF THE THIRD. Don’t fear for us. FIRST. I don’t fear for you. The city terrifies me. All the inhabitants have lost their minds. They build their happiness on some sort of insane dream. They’re waiting for something from ships, which are supposed to come today.
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!