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    Georg Morris Cohen Brandes (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XV MYSTICISM IN THE ROMANTIC DRAMA There is one form of literature in which men and women are, for the most part, portrayed as essentially intellectual beings, endowed with freedom of will and action. That form is the drama. In lyric poetry emotion reigns: in epic the character is partly lost sight of in the broad painting of the circumstances and powers which determine it: but the subject of the drama is action: and because the human character, acting and willing, is in itself something absolutely definite, it compels the author to give clear, welldefined form to his production. The drama demands lucidity and intellect: in it, where there is a reason for everything, the forces of nature must be either the servants or the masters of the mind: but, above all, they must be comprehended: they cannot appear as dark, mysterious despots, who are not expected to give any explanation of their nature or business. Tieck's two Romantic dramas, the tragedy, Leben und Tod der heiligen Genoveva (' Life and Death of St. Genevieve '), and the ten act comedy, Kaiser Octavianus, are really only dramas in name. His admiration of Shakespeare's Pericles and Winter's Tale and Calderon's lyrical and musical interludes betrayed him into a lyric-epic formlessness unequalled in the history of literature. It would be difficult to find dramatic works more destitute of plan and style. All their author's care is lavished upon what he calls the 'climate' of events, their atmosphere and fragrance, tone and colour, the mood they inspire, the shadow they cast, the light in which they are seen, which is invariably that of the moon. His medieval characters are possessed by the spirit which the study of old legends has induced in himself. It was a kind of religious impression which imparted this te...
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