Academic journal article Bulletin of the Comediantes

Comedia Haiku

Academic journal article Bulletin of the Comediantes

Comedia Haiku

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To James Parr and Elizabeth Wright

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form that features three verses of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively. Each the twenty-five poems here attempts to capture the essence and the distinct qualities of the comedia under scrutiny.

Miguel de Cervantes, La Numancia

Numantines besieged.

Romans taste triumph, yet who

is there to vanquish?

Miguel de Cervantes, Pedro de Urdemalas

Protean player

and gypsy noblewoman

learn to be themselves.

Miguel de Cervantes, El laberinto de amor

Three women, in charge,

invent plots, craft roles, confuse.

Baffling world-as-stage.

Lope de Vega, Fuentovejuna

People up in arms.

Traitor to king and village.

Slaying justified.

Lope de Vega, El caballero de Olmedo

Schemes with go-between.

Man disposed to die for love.

Acute metaphor.

Lope de Vega, La dama boba

Smart sister, smart men

outwitted by challenged lass.

Love illuminates.

Lope de Vega, El castigo sin venganza

Father trusts son, who errs.

Bride and youth doomed to harsh death.

Defense: semantics.

Guillén de Castro, Las mocedades del Cid

Lovers' dilemma:

he kills her father. Then, rage.

Hero, love prevail.

Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, La verdad sospechosa

Truth be told, rarely.

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

Irony is truth.

Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Mudarse por mejorarse

Aunt nice, niece nicer.

Trading up's the thing to do.

Love object trades up.

Antonio Mira de Amescua, El esclavo del demonio

Treason, scandal, crimes,

pact with devil, repentance.

Angel to rescue.

Luis Vélez de Guevara, Reinar después de morir

Tragic love, harsh death,

belated coronation.

Once mistress, now queen. …

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