By Jean Racine, Ted Hughes
A lean, high-tension model of a vintage tragedy.
The fantasy of Phaedra is without doubt one of the strongest in all of classical mythology. As dramatized through the French playwright Jean Racine (1639-99), the demise Queen's obsessive love for her stepson, Hippolytus, and the scrupulously upright Hippolytus' love for the forbidden good looks Aricia has end up referred to as one of many nice tales of tragic infatuation, a story of affection robust adequate to deliver down a kingdom.
In this "tough, unrhyming avalanche of a translation" (Paul Taylor, The Independent), Hughes replaces Racine's alexandrines with an English verse that serves eloquently to show the passions of his protagonists. the interpretation was once played to acclaim in London in 1998, and the London construction, starring Diana Rigg, used to be staged in 1999 on the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
"We are nonetheless catching up with Ted Hughes's present for narrative verse after his Tales from Ovid," one English critic saw after the London most suitable. "Little must ensue on degree whilst there is a swirling action-packed catastrophe movie-riddled with intercourse and violence-in Hughes's loose verse."
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