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Torquato Tasso   By: (1749-1832)

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Torquato Tasso is a beautifully written play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that delves into the complexities of human emotions and the tragedy of unrequited love. The story follows the life of the Italian poet Torquato Tasso as he navigates the treacherous waters of court politics and love.

Goethe masterfully captures the internal struggles of Tasso as he grapples with his desire for recognition and acceptance, while also dealing with the pain of rejection and betrayal. The characters are richly developed and each play a crucial role in Tasso's tumultuous journey.

The play is not just a historical recounting of Tasso's life, but also a reflection on the nature of art, love, and ambition. Goethe's lyrical language and poetic imagery add depth and emotion to the story, making it a compelling and thought-provoking read.

Overall, Torquato Tasso is a powerful and poignant play that explores the complexities of the human experience with grace and insight. Goethe's skillful storytelling and profound themes make this a timeless piece of literature that continues to resonate with readers today.

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Torquato Tasso

Ein Schauspiel

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Alphons der Zweite, Herzog von Ferrara. Leonore von Este, Schwester des Herzogs. Leonore Sanvitale, Gräfin von Scandiano. Torquato Tasso. Antonio Montecatino, Staatssekretär.

Der Schauplatz ist auf Belriguardo, einem Lustschlosse.

Erster Aufzug (Gartenplatz, mit Hermen der epischen Dichter geziert. Vorn an der Szene zur Rechten Virgil, zur Linken Ariost.)

Erster Auftritt Prinzessin. Leonore.

Prinzessin. Du siehst mich lächelnd an, Eleonore, Und siehst dich selber an und lächelst wieder. Was hast du? Lass es eine Freundin wissen! Du scheinst bedenklich, doch du scheinst vergnügt.

Leonore. Ja, meine Fürstin, mit Vergnügen seh' ich Uns beide hier so ländlich ausgeschmückt. Wir scheinen recht beglückte Schäferinnen Und sind auch wie die Glücklichen beschäftigt... Continue reading book >>

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