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By Lope de Vega

Lope de Vega (1562-1635), extensively considered as the architect of the drama of the Spanish Golden Age, used to be identified by means of his contemporaries because the `monster of Nature' as a result of his creativity as a playwright. Claiming to have written greater than one thousand performs, he created plots and characters awesome for his or her power, inventiveness and dramatic energy, and which, not like French classical drama, mix the intense and the comedian of their wish to imitate existence. Fuente Ovejuna, in accordance with Spanish historical past, and revealing how tyranny ends up in rebelliion, may be his best-known play. The Knight from Olmedo is a relocating dramatization of impetuous and younger ardour which ends up in loss of life. Punishment with no Revenge, Lope's strongest tragedy, centres at the illicit courting of a tender spouse together with her stepson and the revenge of a dishonoured husband. those 3 performs, grouped the following in translations that are trustworthy to the unique Spanish, brilliant and meant for functionality, embrace some of the best of Lope's dramatic paintings.

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