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The Cid

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Pierre Corneille's 'The Cid', a monumental work in the canon of French drama, embodies the transformation of the early classical model into a more complex human tableau. The play unfolds the story of the noble Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar -- known as the Cid Campeador -- and the intricate web of honor, love, and duty that binds him. Adopting the alexandrine couplet, Corneille's style marries soaring poetic expression with compelling dramatic construction, elucidating his mastery of the theatrical form within the context of seventeenth-century dramaturgy. The thematic exploration of individual ethics versus societal expectations, as well as Corneille's innovation in dramatic technique, positions 'The Cid' as an indispensable text in Western literature.

In the pantheon of great literary figures, Pierre Corneille stands as a foundational voice of French classical theatre. Born in 1606 and writing during the turbulent epoch of the Thirty Years' War, Corneille's work was deeply influenced by the prevailing notions of honor and the societal structures of his time. His plays, of which 'The Cid' is the most renowned, showcase his preoccupation with moral conflict and his vision of human dignity. This particular triumph, inspired by the historical figure of El Cid, synthesizes personal and historical elements, suggesting that Corneille was not only a commentator on his era but an influential shaper of cultural narratives.

'The Cid' is recommended for its universal themes and timeless appeal. The delicate equipoise between intimate inner struggles and the grandeur of public life presents a multifaceted exploration relevant to audiences across time. DigiCat Publishing's reissue of the text invites contemporaries to partake in the quintessential journey that is 'The Cid', appreciating the duality of its lyrical brilliance and the historical gravitas it carries. Scholars and enthusiasts of classical literature and theatre, as well as readers intrigued by the endurance of human values throughout the ages, will find Corneille's masterpiece an essential and enlightening addition to their collection.

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  • Print Length: 77 Pages
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