"Body's Image": Yerma, The Player Queen, and the Upright Posture


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Francis Fergusson has reminded us of the ways in which Lorca's theatre, of a piece with his poetry, brings the latent memory of the rich Andalusian folk-tradition to dramatic vivid life. Writing out of the revival of a national culture, which he in part helped to bring about, Lorca creates "significant art forms, filled with immediately relevant moral and spiritual content''; his poetic theatre responds to rather than evades "the crucial labor of the dramatic poet, faced with the modem stage and the modem crowd," by discovering and articulating his poetic vision as myth, ritual, and ceremony.1

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