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This is the first volume of a planned translation into English of all twelve of Jean Racine’s plays—a project undertaken only three times in the three hundred years since Racine’s death. For this new translation, Geoffrey Alan Argent has taken a fresh approach: he has rendered these plays in rhymed "heroic" couplets. While Argent’s translation is faithful to Racine’s textThis is the first volume of a planned translation into English of all twelve of Jean Racine’s plays—a project undertaken only three times in the three hundred years since Racine’s death. For this new translation, Geoffrey Alan Argent has taken a fresh approach: he has rendered these plays in rhymed "heroic" couplets. While Argent’s translation is faithful to Racine’s text and tone, his overriding intent has been to translate a work of French literature into a work of English literature, substituting for Racine’s rhymed alexandrines (hexameters) the English mode of rhymed iambic pentameters, a verse form particularly well suited to the highly charged urgency of Racine’s drama and the coiled strength of his verse. Complementing the translations are the illuminating Discussions and the extensive Notes and Commentaries Argent has furnished for each play. The Discussions are not offered as definitive interpretations of these plays, but are intended to stimulate readers to form their own views and to explore further the inexhaustibly rich world of Racine’s plays. Included in the Notes and Commentary section of this translation are passages that Racine deleted after the first edition and have never before appeared in English.The full title of Racine’s first tragedy is La Thébaïde ou les Frères ennemis (The Saga of Thebes, or The Enemy Brothers). But Racine was far less concerned with recounting the struggle for Thebes than in examining those indomitable passions—in this case, hatred—that were to prove his lifelong focus of interest. For Oedipus’s sons, Eteocles and Polynices (the titular brothers), vying for the throne is rather a symptom than a cause of their unquenchable hatred—so unquenchable that by the end of the play it has not only destroyed these twin brothers, but has also claimed the lives of their mother, their sister, their uncle, and their two cousins as collateral damage. Indeed, as Racine acknowledges in his preface, “There is hardly a character in it who does not die at the end.”...

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  • Mohamed
    2018-11-15 04:09

    الطبيعة البشرية ,بكل اللوان الطمع والبغض والكراهية ممزوجة بالكرم والحب والشجاعة !راسين عمل مزيج غير عادى بين ده كلة فى مسرحية تزيد عن 100 ورقة !كيف كانت تدار الشعوب والى الان ربما هناك يدار على نفس الشاكلة "الدم وحده هو الذى يبوئنا العرش،لا هوى الشعب;علية ان يقبل ما يمنحه إياه الدم،وان كان لا يحب الملك،فعلية ان يحترمه ""وهل للشعب،أن يتخير سيدا؟ويحينما يبغض الشعب ملكا،فهل ينبغى ان نعتزل الملك؟وهل بغضه وحبه هى التى ترفع او تقصي الملوك عن العرش؟""أوتستطيع بدم كهذا،ان تلطخ أسلحتك؟وهل للتاج فى نفسك كل هذا السحر،ولو كان الفوز بة يدفعك الى قتل اهلك؟اه!ولدى أتريد بهذا الثمن ان تملك؟" لا قرار للشعب انما قلة قليلة تحكم هى من لها القرارربما النهاية لم تكن واقعية بعض الشئ ,عندما قتل كريون نفسة بعض ما وصل الى كل ما يريده !

  • Intertextuelle
    2018-12-07 01:56

    Ce n'est pas la meilleure pièce de Racine. Il ne développe pas suffisamment les passions tragiques et les dilemmes moraux. Cependant, le dernier acte est très bien. Ce serait un 3.5 pour moi.

  • Toon Pepermans
    2018-12-02 01:14

    what a crappy piece