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Pelleas and Melisande [BOOKS] ✭ Pelleas and Melisande By Maurice Maeterlinck – Thomashillier.co.uk A superior variation on the admirable old melodrama , said Mallarm about Pell as The plot does seem conventional Prince Golaud meets Melisande, a timid, shy and enchanting girl that is lost in a fores A superior variation on the admirable old melodrama , said Mallarm about Pell as The plot does seem conventional Prince Golaud meets Melisande, a timid, shy and enchanting girl that is lost in a forest He takes her to his castle and decides to marry her But Melisande falls in love with his brother, Pelleas.


10 thoughts on “Pelleas and Melisande

  1. Lisa Lisa says:

    What am I Reading Maeterlinck s play feels like engaging in a beautiful, magical, and mysterious riddle.What am I A classic play Yes, maybe I do have five acts, a plot, characters and a deadly end, so I guess I could be tragedy My content suggests it old man marries young woman, who falls in love with his younger brother Discovery leads to death But somehow I lack the action of a classic drama There is no determination, time is floating, settings change, my characters do not fully unders What am I Reading Maeterlinck s play feels like engaging in a beautiful, magical, and mysterious riddle.What am I A classic play Yes, maybe I do have five acts, a plot, characters and a deadly end, so I guess I could be tragedy My content suggests it old man marries young woman, who falls in love with his younger brother Discovery leads to death But somehow I lack the action of a classic drama There is no determination, time is floating, settings change, my characters do not fully understand what they are doing, and why I do not I think I have the passion of a Greek drama, and I do not feature the complicated, intricate humour of Shakespearean dialogue Nor do I busy myself with the ideas of Enlightenment theatre So maybe I am not a drama, after all.What am I A fairy tale Yes, maybe I do start in a dark forest, with a young princess in distress who is rescued to an imposing castle on the border between the dark, dark woods and the wide, wide ocean She loses rings and crowns and falls in love with a young man I could be a fairy tale But I lack the moral message in the end, and there is no fight between good and evil, just between indecision and lethargy So maybe I am not a fairy tale, after all.What am I A dream Yes, maybe Almost all that happens remains vague, dreamlike, open ended, incomprehensible to all characters I could be a dream After all, I was born in 1893, at the beginning of the era Freud I might very well be a subconscious mind, dreaming about symbolic myths I contain all ingredients But all my settings are so clear They are described with loving detail, showing exactly what the castle, the garden, the woods look like, and how my characters are arranged around the scene If I were a dream, not only thoughts and actions would remain undefined, the surroundings would be cloudy as well So maybe I am not a dream, after all.I KNOW WHAT I AM I am a tableau vivant Changing every scene, creating a symbolic picture of a feeling, a constellation, a floating impression I take care to arrange light and shadows to be aesthetically appealing and evocative of the drama that does not unfold entirely I create one beautiful picture after the other, and fill each scene with paintings of situations that are accompanied by voices.And what a beautiful tableau vivant I am One of the best L art pour l art is celebrated in my eclectic beauty I am maybe not the reason Maeterlinck won the Nobel Prize, but I deserve to be read and admired for the evocation of the era s strange dichotomy between scientific and social development and its fatalistic, dreamlike resignation and passivity I am a child of my time


  2. Leslie Leslie says:

    Maeterlinck was an important part of the Symbolist movement in literature and it is important to realize that when reading this play Here is a brief synopsis of Symbolism from WikipediaSymbolists believed that art should represent absolute truths that could only be described indirectly Thus, they wrote in a very metaphorical and suggestive manner, endowing particular images or objects with symbolic meaning Thus, do not expect that the characters and action of the play will behave in a reali Maeterlinck was an important part of the Symbolist movement in literature and it is important to realize that when reading this play Here is a brief synopsis of Symbolism from WikipediaSymbolists believed that art should represent absolute truths that could only be described indirectly Thus, they wrote in a very metaphorical and suggestive manner, endowing particular images or objects with symbolic meaning Thus, do not expect that the characters and action of the play will behave in a realistic or natural manner everything is symbolic Perhaps when I have time to think over what all these symbols are trying to say, my rating of the play will change Based on my first gut reaction, this is a tragedy a la Romeo and Juliet about a doomed love between the King s grandson Pell as and his brother s wife M lisande That is the surface story what it represents I have some suspicions but am not sure later, updated rating to 4 Thoughts M lisande seems to be an undine, a female mythological water sprite, as she is discovered near a pool of water and water references abound Pell as and his brother Golaud are definitely land creatures, perhaps they are what they appear to be So one interpretation is that they represent the relationship between nature and society civilization The famine of the people of Allemonde that manifests after Golaud and M lisande marry could be a symbol foreshadowing the tragedy to come Or maybe it s a sign of the fact that this marriage is wrong There is no indication that M lisande ever cared for Golaud in fact, at first she shrinks from him Another symbol indicating problems with the marriage is M lisande losing her wedding ring into another pool of water, as if the water spirits were trying to reclaim her


  3. Greg Greg says:

    This play, one of his best, brought Maeterlinck to international fame There is much different about Maeterlinck s poetry and drama Heavy in symbolism, rich in dialogue, there is always a tension in his work Maeterlinck s dialogue makes great use of repetition This can be both criticized and studied criticized for its simplicity and studied for the impact it has on the play The repetition adds a tense, nervous feel When once misfortune enters a house, silence is in vain That single lin This play, one of his best, brought Maeterlinck to international fame There is much different about Maeterlinck s poetry and drama Heavy in symbolism, rich in dialogue, there is always a tension in his work Maeterlinck s dialogue makes great use of repetition This can be both criticized and studied criticized for its simplicity and studied for the impact it has on the play The repetition adds a tense, nervous feel When once misfortune enters a house, silence is in vain That single line will tell you about this play.Arkel, the voice of wisdom, declares, Unless we close our eyes we are always deceived He does so at the beginning of the play and the line is repeated later Maeterlinck could not be clearer As Montrose Moses states in the introduction, All that Maeterlinck requires in his dramas is for us to recognize that there is an intimate beauty, an interior value, an essence,real andtrue than the object which symbolizes it Part of this belief is a theory I don t fully comprehend Maeterlinck said, I believe that poems die the moment they are outwardly expressed It is the truth that is left behind, the words and masterpieces of theatre and literature or symbolic representations of that truth.This work is a masterpiece It deserves study It is difficult I liked it very much.See my other reviews here


  4. Nicholas Whyte Nicholas Whyte says:

    is one of Maeterlinck s earliest plays, first performed in 1893, and must have contributed richly to his reputation The title of the play makes it easy to guess the plot Although Golaud falls in love with M lisande in the second scene and marries her, in fact she and his brother Pell as end up fatally attracted to each other, and Golaud kills them both when he finds out Actually it s not clear if the wound or childbirth is the cause of M lisand is one of Maeterlinck s earliest plays, first performed in 1893, and must have contributed richly to his reputation The title of the play makes it easy to guess the plot Although Golaud falls in love with M lisande in the second scene and marries her, in fact she and his brother Pell as end up fatally attracted to each other, and Golaud kills them both when he finds out Actually it s not clear if the wound or childbirth is the cause of M lisande s death, but basically he stabs her and she dies It s a pretty basic narrative doomed adulterous love is one of the oldest cliches in the book, but I guess it resonated well in the 1890s I wasn t overwhelmed by its elaboration in the script M lisande literally comes out of nowhere she is cited in TV Tropes as a classic Fragile Flower she seems to exist purely as an object of romantic interest for the two male leads Pell as is not much better Golaud isinteresting than either of the title characters, as he works through disbelief, revenge and ultimately repentance, but that s not saying much At the same time there s a lot of symbolism, especially around water and M lisande s entangling hair , that a good director could turn into something pretty memorable, especially if armed with Sibelius incidental music


  5. Amandine Amandine says:

    J ai eu un peu de mal comprendre l histoire de cette pi ce et o Maeterlinck voulait en venir L intrigue est assez simple, mais comme souvent avec les uvres symbolistes, j ai pr f r d laisser le sens rechercher et me laisser charmer par la musicalit des mots, la beaut des images J ai particuli rement aim le jeu entre clart et ombre, lumi re et obscurit qui traverse toute l uvre Le style de Maeterlinck est absolument magnifique, savoureux un v ritable d lice et bonheur de lecture J ai eu un peu de mal comprendre l histoire de cette pi ce et o Maeterlinck voulait en venir L intrigue est assez simple, mais comme souvent avec les uvres symbolistes, j ai pr f r d laisser le sens rechercher et me laisser charmer par la musicalit des mots, la beaut des images J ai particuli rement aim le jeu entre clart et ombre, lumi re et obscurit qui traverse toute l uvre Le style de Maeterlinck est absolument magnifique, savoureux un v ritable d lice et bonheur de lecture pour moi premi re lecture 01 mars 2011 Relue avec le m me plaisir que la premi re fois, mais en occultant moins la part de compr hension cette fois La narration me semble toujours aussi elliptique et entour e de myst re malgr tout beaucoup de choses semblent passer par les regards, les gestes, et il y a norm ment de non dits J aimerais voir cette pi ce sur sc ne pour voir comment seraient traduits ceux ci et si je comprendrais davantage Apr s les motifs de la lumi re et de l ombre qui m avaient marqu la premi re fois, c est celui de l eau qui m a particuli rement attir pendant cette lecture ci elle est sans cesse pr sente, partout, reliant les personnages les uns aux autres Enfin, mon avis reste le m me quant ce style symboliste il me pla t toujours autant et est pour moi un v ritable d lice lire deuxi me lecture 06 juin 2011


  6. VBDR VBDR says:

    Avec le g nie de Gabriel Faur en fond sonore, juste sublime.


  7. Melanie Hacke Melanie Hacke says:

    A gripping love story, that I would like to see performed on stage I liked how Maeterlinck perfectly captures the tense atmosphere in and around Arkel s dark castle I also found it impressive how he entirely delineates the personalities of his characters in the space of such a short play That said, I would have liked a fewdialogues between Pelleas and Melisande, as their love story now remains too much in the background, hidden behind allusions and silent references The only scene in w A gripping love story, that I would like to see performed on stage I liked how Maeterlinck perfectly captures the tense atmosphere in and around Arkel s dark castle I also found it impressive how he entirely delineates the personalities of his characters in the space of such a short play That said, I would have liked a fewdialogues between Pelleas and Melisande, as their love story now remains too much in the background, hidden behind allusions and silent references The only scene in which the reader getsdetails about their love affair, when Melisande is combing her hair in the window, lacks the poetic depth of the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet


  8. Mouâd Benzahra Mouâd Benzahra says:

    Une pi ce de th tre en cinq actes de Maurice Maeterlinck, invitant le lecteur naviguer dans un clair obscur m lancolique intimement li au p ch de deux amants.Le cadre spacio temporel, tr s abstrait dans cette oeuvre n est pas pour d stabiliser le lecteur Aussi, la succession des actes est tout sauf monotone, elle peut tre qualifi e de tr s savoureuse m me Il est de ces figures litt raires qui repr sentent la quintessence du drame symboliste, et cette pi ce en fait assur ment partie.


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