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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 express, 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. additionally, A Puppet exhibit supplied the foundation and lots more and plenty of the root for Meyerhold's theoretical writings. accordingly, those performs are vital to any scholar of Meyerhold or modernist theatre. The performs are awarded within the context of the poetry from which they issued so that it will recommend how Blok constructed the subjects and motifs of the performs in different genres.

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THIRD MYSTIC. O, who is among us? FIRST MYSTIC. Who’s at the window? SECOND MYSTIC. And who’s at the door? THIRD MYSTIC. Can’t see anything at all. FIRST MYSTIC. Light the way. At this hour isn’t it she who has come? 21 Blok introduces at this juncture a vital, but untranslatable, motif for the first time. The word “kosa” means either “braid” or “scythe,” and Blok exploits both meanings throughout this and other texts. A Puppet Show 25 (The Second Mystic raises a candle. Completely unexpectedly and who knows from where, an unusually beautiful woman with a simple and tranquil face of a dull whiteness appears by the table.

7 October 1902 37 38 Blok’s trilogy of lyric dramas AT ROUND TABLES, EVERYBODY WAS SCREAMING At round tables, everybody was screaming, Changing places excitedly. From the steam of the wine, it was dim. ” Nobody heard anything. Like beasts, everybody yelped furiously, But himself not knowing why, one – He swayed and laughed, pointing at him And at the girl coming in the door. She dropped her kerchief, And all of them, in a striving of spite, Ripped up every scrap with a squeal, as if Having understood an ill-omened allusion, And painted it with blood and dirt.

Torches! ” A chorus appears with torches. ) CHORUS. In the twilight, drop after drop of resin Falls with the slightest crackle! Faces, hidden by a cloud of haze, Are illuminated by a dim sparkle! Drop by drop, spark after spark! 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.

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