Some Account of the Lives and Writings of Lope Felix de Vega Carpio and Guillen de Castro

Some Account of the Lives and Writings of Lope Felix de Vega Carpio and Guillen de Castro

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...wrought according to the Grecian pattern. But that such was not the general character of their representations is evident from plays still extant. It might be inferred even from those of Cervantes himself. For Cervantes, though the champion of the antient rules in theory, is in practice one of the least successful followers of the modern. Any minute proof of this would be tedious; and a reference to the third book of Luzan's Poetica, as well as to an excellent poem of Juan de la Cueba, published in 1582, and reprinted in the Parnaso Espanol, renders it unnecessary. From that poem it is clear that the unities had been abandoned before the time of Virues; it is but reasonable to suppose, that the moment their representations ceased to be lifeless copies of the antients, they would be animated by the spirit of the times. Accordingly La Cueba, who had himself contributed to these innovations, vindicates them upon that ground, and appeals with confidence to the interests they excite. Mas la invencion, la gracia, y traza es propia A la ingeniosa fabula de Espana. No qual dicen sus emulos impropia: Scenas y actos suple la marana Tan intrincada y la soltura de ella, Inimitable de ninguna estraha. Parnaso Espanol, vol. viii. p. 62. Invention, interest, sprightly turns in plays, Say what they will, are Spain's peculiar praise; Hers are the plots which strict attention seize, Full of intrigue, and yet disclos'd with ease: Hence scenes and acts her fertile stage affords, Unknown, unrivall'd, on the foreign boards. This eulogium, though written by a predecessor of Lope, is applicable to him and his followers; and amounts to a proof that the plays of Virues and La Cueba, as well as the greater part of those represented at that period, were formed upon more

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