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She explains the savage founding of her female city where men are hejnrich allowed to live or fight. Depends on what you want. About Heinrich von Kleist. Penthesilea is one of my favorite texts, period, in any language. The actual source for this was a mixture of other versions of the Penthesilea myth, infused by his readings of Euripides, which, again, is where his language comes from. They are come to capture mates. With sexual, heinricn illustrations by Maurice Sendak.

Mar 08, Bryn Hammond rated it really liked it Shelves: Daniella Persson rated it it was ok Sep 04, I am so glad to hear that you love Kleist! His protagonists pursuit their aims with a persistence verging on self-abandonment.

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We have been told by the other characters that Achilles has narrowly escaped being overcome by Penthesilea and he is very angry that a woman almost got the better of him. In the fourth scene the Greeks welcome Achilles and acclaim him for his escape. They turn up and begin to fight both sides without explanation. For the first time, in this splendidly illustrated book, an English translation recreates the audaity, romance, and poetry of one of the strangest and most beautiful works of Western literature.

I think a prose translation of this text would be a travesty. The “Five Plays” edition from Martin Greenberg is very good. To see what your friends thought oleist this book, please sign up.


Heimrich central dynamic of the play lies in the mutual passion of Achilles and Penthesilea. Penthesilea and her followers drew closer, but when the queen toppled and fell, he had another chance to flee, and escaped.

Tieck, Goethe and others rejected the play and its monstrous passions. This play turns the Trojan War story on its head: Which one would you recommend that I read next?

Based on the figure from Greek mythology, Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons, Kleist wrote this tragedy in Back in Berlin, the one time Rousseau devotee had become a bitter opponent of Napoleon. Prinz von Homburg is maybe, technically, his best play.

To ask other readers questions about Penthesileaplease sign up. Where can this passion which thus tramples me, harbor in me, who have no breast for love? This proves to be fatal, because the Greeks start their attack very soon after. You are commenting using your WordPress. The attraction between Penthesilea and Achilles is fascinating, but I would have like to know more about it.

They blast into the midst of the Trojan War, confusing Greeks and Trojans alike and for a moment forcing those enemies into a terrified alliance. I mean sometimes I just randomly read pieces from Penthesilea and Hermannsschlacht to my romantic partners. Gorgeous illustrations, good translation but not perfect – a few memorable lines quoted in the TV film ‘The Summer of Miss Forbes’ seem to be omitted, but the best you’ll get if you’re not fluent in classical literary German.

They surrounded Achilles, who first freed himself and tried to flee until his horses and his cart collapsed.

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I am very interested in comparing the translations. This page was last edited on 7 Octoberat I think it follows the way German translations at the time, and for a long time, translated Greek prose.


Then, it turns out, they are hunting mates. Those whom you would never have thought possible to be brought down, they fall. When Achilles, the pride and mainstay of the Greeks, and Penthesilea Pen-te-sil-lay-uhqueen of the An army of Amazons sets out to conquer Greek heroes for the purpose of stocking their women’s state with new female offspring. And the scenes where people onstage describe the action offstage are some the most stirring descriptions of action. I found the archaic language and verse distracting at times.

Their struggle with the rules of the society they’re living in is timeless and makes this play a classic worth reading any time and place. Do I not feel—ah! When Achilles, the pride and mainstay of the Greeks, and Penthesilea Pen-te-sil-lay-uhqueen of the Amazons, meet, a chase begins, The like of which not even the wildest storms Set loose to thunder across the plain of heaven Have yet presented to the astonished world, and it is the queen who is hunting Achilles, to the uncomprehending horror of the Greeks.

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Penthesilea by Heinrich von Kleist

I would be interested to see your opinion. It was long considered among others by Goethe as unplayable. There he wrote “Amphitryon” and “Penthesilea. Kleist voluntarily resigned from ar The dramatist, writer, lyricist, and publicist Heinrich von Kleist was born in Frankfurt an der Oder in You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Has anyone else read either of these?