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Discourse or Letter on the Composition of Comedies and Tragedies

GIOVAN BATTISTA GIRALDI CINTHIO ; DANIEL JAVITCH

Renaissance drama, 2011-01-01, Vol.39, p.207-255 [Rivista Peer Reviewed]

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  • Titolo:
    Discourse or Letter on the Composition of Comedies and Tragedies
  • Autore: GIOVAN BATTISTA GIRALDI CINTHIO ; DANIEL JAVITCH
  • Editore: Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press
  • Diritti: Copyright © 2011 Northwestern University Press
    Copyright Northwestern University Press 2011
  • Note di contenuto: The appropriate size of each then will be, for tragedy, when the action will have progressed from a state of unhappiness to one of happiness, or else from happiness to wretchedness without interposing any unrelated matters in between; and for comedy when, thanks to the poet's wit, the action will have progressed by proper means from disorders and troubles to peace and tranquillity. [...]this section, I say, Mr. Giulio, that, rather than wanting to make the action somewhat longer, it is better to leave a little desire in the minds of the spectators, keeping a check on the time instead of leaving the spectators bored by prolonging it. [...]with his authority, I composed the Altile and the Didone in such a way that their action took about two days. Besides the aforementioned similarities, tragedy and comedy have in common their purpose because both aim to introduce good morals, but they do so diversely. [...]it seems that what has been said suffices to reveal both the difference and sameness of tragedy and comedy, and their nature. [...]without dwelling further on this topic, I will begin to discuss the plot, which is the basic part of both. The plot, then, included among the parts that give tragedy its form (I will discuss the other parts later in this letter) is called by Aristotle the soul of tragedy.
  • Fa parte di: Renaissance drama, 2011-01-01, Vol.39, p.207-255
  • Soggetti: Theater ; Fear ; Choirs ; Narrative plot ; Literary characters ; Prologues ; Comic theater ; Tragic theater ; Poetry ; Pity ; Writers ; Comedies ; Disorders ; Aristotle ; Ponzoni, Giulio Ponzio ; Cinthio, Giovan Battista Giraldi
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Tipo: Articolo
  • Identificativo: ISSN: 0486-3739
    EISSN: 2164-3415
    DOI: 10.1086/rd.39.41917488
  • Fonte: © ProQuest LLC All rights reserved

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