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Aria Da Capo

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Edna St Vincent Millay was a lyric poet and playwright. She was the first woman poet to receive a Pulitzer Prize. Millay is also known for her many romantic affairs and her Bohemian lifestyle in Greenwich Village. Aria da Capo is a one-act play. The play shows the upper class's indifference to the carnage of the lower class during the war. The play begins "The curtain rise

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Matthew
May 30, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Scene: A stage]

[The curtain rises on a stage set for a Harlequinade, a merry
black and white interior. Directly behind the footlights, and
running parallel with them, is a long table, covered with a gay
black and white cloth, on which is spread a banquet. At the
opposite ends of this table, seated on delicate thin-legged
chairs with high backs, are Pierrot and Columbine, dressed
according to the tradition, excepting that Pierrot is in lilac,
and Columbine in pink. They are dining.
]


COLUMBINE:
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Kay
Nov 16, 2008 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kay by: Joey Day
we were going to do this play one day. in the woods maybe. the two of us. and it would have been splendid.

"my only love, you are so intense!... it is tuedsay, Columbine?- I'll kiss you if it's tuesday."
Runa
Feb 15, 2015 Runa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very historically aware and subtly so, Aria Da Capo draws on everything from Sidney to Shakespeare, from early 19th century Harlequinades to an anticipation of the Godotesque couple that hangs around doing nothing - and all this in one act. The wall in particular made me think of the wall in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which also appears in a play within a play where the actors have a tendency to forget their lines. Millay turns the story on its head, though, and I believe that's entirely why thi ...more
Paul Pellicci
Dec 04, 2010 Paul Pellicci rated it it was amazing
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The first scene begins and all of a sudden the actors from scene two come on stage and demand to do scene two. After scene two is done, scene one begins again. This play is about scene two. You must suffer through scene one to get to the story.

Scene two is about best friends who when put into a "made up situation" can actually become different people with deadly consequences. It is such a short play that if I write more about it my comments would be longer than the play itself.

I read this play t
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Lobstergirl
Jul 06, 2010 Lobstergirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in high school and found it insufferable, as I find all Harlequinades.
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Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work.

This famous portrait of Vincent (as she was called by friends) was taken by Carl Van Vechten in 1933.
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“PIERROT: Of course not. There never was. "Moon's" just a word to swear by. "Mutton!"—now there's a thing you can lay the hands on, And set the tooth in! Listen, Columbine: I always lied about the moon and you. Food is my only lust. COLUMBINE: Well, eat it, then, For Heaven's sake, and stop your silly noise! I haven't heard the clock tick for an hour.” 2 likes
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