A Woman's Version of the Faust Legend: The Seven Strings of by George Sand,George A. Kennedy PDF

By George Sand,George A. Kennedy

George Sand's The Seven Strings of the Lyre is a philosophical play written in poetic prose and not meant for perfomance on degree. accomplished in 1838 through the early phases of Sand's romantic involvement with Frederic Chopin, it's one of many only a few remedies of the Faust legend by way of a girl. George Kennedy bargains the 1st English translation of this paintings, in addition to an advent that areas the play in its philosophical and literary context.

The Seven Strings of the Lyre is Sand's reaction to Goethe's Faust and a mirrored image of her perspectives of track as constructed in conversations with Chopin and Franz Liszt. Sand, in contrast to such a lot of of her contemporaries, observed Goethe as a less-than-ideal poet. She criticized him for missing "enthusiasm, trust, and passion," and he or she faulted him for being a proponent of the art-for-art's-sake stream, which Sand deplored for its loss of social conscience.

Sand's play describes the efforts of Mephistopheles to win the soul of Albertus, a instructor of philosophy and descendant of Faust. concerning Goethe's Mephistopheles as insufficiently depraved, Sand evokes a satan actually priceless of the epithet. For Faust, whom she thought of too chilly, Sand substitues the extra emotional Albertus, whose melancholy that lifestyles and love have handed him via in his devotion to philosophy makes him prone to the machinations of the satan. And as opposed to Goethe's village lady, Marguerite, or the harmful Helen of the sooner Faust legend, Sand creates the angelic Helen, who awakens Albertus's love and teaches him the emotional and religious truths he had by no means realized from books.

Richly philosophical and deeply romantic, the play is a response opposed to eighteenth-century rationalism. It asserts the lifestyles of a few larger fact to be foud in tune, poetry, and a sympathetic reaction to nature, however it additionally, opposite to the doctrine of paintings for art's sake, calls for social accountability from the artist. Sand believed that the humanities may still lead society to an know-how of fact, freedom, and the that means of lifestyles, and The Seven Strings of the Lyre is an try and dramatize this belief.

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