Friday, January 7, 2011

Feature Fridays

Today's classic is Cyrano De Bergerac (1897) by Edmond Rostand.

This is Edmond Rostand's immortal play in which chivalry and wit, bravery and love are forever captured in the timeless spirit of romance. Set in Louis XIII's reign, it is the moving and exciting drama of one of the finest swordsmen in France, gallant soldier, brilliant wit, tragic poet-lover with the face of a clown. Rostand's extraordinary lyric powers gave birth to a universal hero, Cyrano De Bergerac,—and ensured his own reputation as author of one of the best-loved plays in the literature of the stage.

The entire work is written in rhyming couplets.

Do you recognize this well-known quotation?
A kiss, when all is said, what is it?
An oath that's ratified, a sealed promise,
A heart's avowal claiming confirmation,
A rose-dot on the 'i' of 'adoration';
A secret that to mouth, not ear, is whispered ...

You can read it online for free at Questia.

Have you read this classic?

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