Lectures on French Poets; Delivered at the Royal Institution

Lectures on French Poets; Delivered at the Royal Institution

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...Burgraves' was performed at the Frangais. The Renaissance was a new theatre, and the manager, among other improvements, wished to do away entirely with footlights, saying that a light from above would be far more natural, and give an absolutely real effect to the scent. Victor Hugo replied that this crude reality of representation would war with the poetic reality of the piece--that the drama was not natural life, but life transformed by art, and that the actors also should be.transformed. This transformation, begun by paint and powder, was carried out by the footlights, which made a natural boundary between the real and the ideal. This is curious in its resemblance to some remarks made by Addison in a number of the Speetator, where it is said, 'A little skill in criticism would inform us that shadows and realities ought not to be mixed together in the same piece. If one would represent a wide champaign country filled with flocks and herds, it would be ridiculous to draw the country only upon the scenes, and to crowd several parts of the stage with sheep and oxen. This is joining together inconsistencies, and making the decorations partly real, and partly imaginary.' 'Les Burgraves, ' written in I842, was the poet's last theatrical venture. Much that is curious and interesting might be told of the history of all these plays; but enough has been said to show how perseveringly and courageously M. Hugo struggled for the cause of the romantic school, and finally conquered. It may be interesting, before leaving the subject of ' Hernani, ' to see what was thought of Victor Hugo in the earlier days of the critical power. Mrs. Trollope, in her book 'The Parisians, ' published in I836, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236919289
  • 9781236919281