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The Greeks, distracted from capturing Troy as their leader Agamemnon has ordered, try to contact the Amazon queen Penthesilea to understand her motives. Action, some of it very violent, happens off-stage penyhesilea is described by witnesses. The very reason she is on the battlefield in the first place is to find a man as a partner. Aug 20, Dennis rated it liked ,leist Shelves: Kleist is an author who doesn’t do things by halves. Of his comedies, I think Amphitrion is the best.

I tried to go with a different approach, one related to my training as a classicist. Apr 05, Morgana Blackrose rated it really liked it. Tieck, Goethe and others rejected the play and its monstrous passions. And the scenes where people onstage describe the action offstage penthesileq some the most stirring descriptions of action. Views Read Edit View history. Beril rated it really liked it Jun 27, Zweifel rated it liked it Apr 18, Penthesileshe finished “Prinz Friedrich von Homburg.

I think a prose translation of this voon would be a travesty. And the language is difficult and metric in the original, from a writer who was also capable of very light comedies. When Penthesilea recognizes her mistake, she causes her own death, through force of internal self-directed will.


Entsetzlich, trasuda veramente sangue. Arguably the best German drama ever written — although, as in Goethe’s famous remark, not written for a stage or at least not the 19th century stage. Thus begins a tragedy of love in a world governed by the rules of war, on which the gods look down but penthesileq afar.

Kleist reverses the narrative found in Homer: I found the archaic language and verse distracting at times.

Open Preview See a Problem? Penthesilea, the Amazon queen and Achilles, the Greek hero, fall passionately in love but the play ends in the death of both.

Penthesilea by Heinrich von Kleist

The dramatist, writer, lyricist, and publicist Heinrich von Kleist was born in Frankfurt an der Oder in He sees in this fierce woman, a soul that is equally as intense and misunderstood as himself. I will get my hands on that immediately!

He definitely changes the myths about her and Achilles—especially in regards to their deaths, but I think it works. After suffering horrible abuse, the women fought off their subjugators and banned all men from the city as the women themselves became fierce warriors. Shigekuni – Book Blog.

The messenger provides a vivid account of the Amazons’ surprise attack. I also think he must have been familiar with the Ovid I translated as well—the language is just so similar.

Penthesilea: A Tragic Drama by Heinrich von Kleist

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.

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Retrieved from ” https: Lauralina rated it really liked it Oct 12, Which one would you recommend that I read next? Preview — Penthesilea by Heinrich von Kleist. Penthesilea and her followers drew closer, but when the queen toppled and fell, he had another chance to flee, and escaped. Has anyone else read either of these?

It wasn’t performed until 65 years after Kleist’s death, in pentheeilea Achilles does not kill, but rather is killed — due to a characteristically Kleistian misunderstanding of his intentions — by the Amazonian queen. This page was last edited on 7 Octoberat 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.

The following scene shows an Amazon heinrifh report to the Archpriestess about the fighting between Penthesilea and Achilles.