Life Is a Dream/La Vida es Sueño
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Life Is a Dream/La Vida es Sueño

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Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Stanley Appelbaum

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Life Is a Dream/La Vida es Sueño

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Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Stanley Appelbaum

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The most famous of all Calderon's varied and romantic dramas, this seventeenth-century masterpiece by the great Spanish playwright explores the conflict between free will and predestination as it focuses on the life of Segismundo, a Polish prince imprisoned at birth by his father, the King.
The monarch's heartless action, precipitated by astrologers who predict the boy will one day usurp the throne, paves the way for a series of events that turn the son against the father and lead to rebellion. Years later, following a revolution and the peasants' seizure of power, the grim prophecy uttered at the Prince's birth threatens to become a painful reality.
For this edition, Stanley Appelbaum has written an informative introduction and an excellent new literal translation that appears on pages facing the Spanish original. A valuable text for students of Spanish language and literature, this volume will delight any reader interested in classics from Spain's Golden Age of drama.

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Jornada segunda

Todo como lo mandaste,
queda efectuado.
Clotaldo, cómo pasó.
Fue, señor, desta manera.
Con la apacible bebida,
que de confecciones llena
hacer mandaste, mezclando
la virtud de algunas yerbas
cuyo tirano poder
y cuya secreta fuerza
así el humano discurso
priva, roba y enajena,
que deja vivo cadáver
a un hombre, y cuya violencia,
adormecido, le quita
los sentidos y potencias . . .
No tenemos que argüir,
que aquesto posible sea,
pues tantas veces, señor,
nos ha dicho la experiencia,
y es cierto, que de secretos
naturales está llena
la medicina, y no hay
animal, planta ni piedra
que no tenga calidad
determinada; y si llega
a examinar mil venenos
la humana malicia nuestra,

Act Two

Everything you ordered
has been carried out.
Tell me
how things went, Clotaldo.
It was this way, Sire.
With the soporific potion,
filled with various compounds,
that you ordered to be brewed, mingling into it
the power of certain herbs
whose tyrannical force
and secret strength
deprives, robs, and dispossesses
a man of his reasoning powers so drastically
that he remains a living corpse,
and whose violence
puts him to sleep and takes away
his senses and abilities . . .
There’s no need for us to debate
whether such things are possible,
because experience, Sire,
has informed us of it so often,
and it’s verified that the medical art
is full of natural
mysteries, and tha...

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