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

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 throughout the early phases of Sand's romantic involvement with Frederic Chopin, it really is one of many only a few remedies of the Faust legend by means of a girl. George Kennedy bargains the 1st English translation of this paintings, besides an advent that locations 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 song as constructed in conversations with Chopin and Franz Liszt. Sand, not like 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 she or he faulted him for being a proponent of the art-for-art's-sake circulation, 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. relating to Goethe's Mephistopheles as insufficiently depraved, Sand evokes a satan actually important of the epithet. For Faust, whom she thought of too chilly, Sand substitues the extra emotional Albertus, whose depression that lifestyles and love have handed him through in his devotion to philosophy makes him liable to the machinations of the satan. And instead of Goethe's village woman, Marguerite, or the damaging Helen of the sooner Faust legend, Sand creates the angelic Helen, who awakens Albertus's love and teaches him the emotional and non secular truths he had by no means discovered from books.

Richly philosophical and deeply romantic, the play is a response opposed to eighteenth-century rationalism. It asserts the life of a few better fact to be foud in song, 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 understanding of fact, freedom, and the that means of lifestyles, and The Seven Strings of the Lyre is an try to dramatize this belief.

Originally released in 1989.

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