Del otro lado del portón

26 11 2008

Some Ramón Ayala, because this is my blog after all. Que tengan un feliz Dia de Acción de Gracias, y que lo pasan muy bien con sus familias. Ciao.


26 11 2008


Thus the Angel in heaven

And the human race on earth,

The devil in Hell

All to this Bread bow,

Down below, in the heights

And on the humble ground in unison

Is heard the sweet sound of voices

That praise in accord and harmony.

Thus ends Calderon de la Barca’s play, the Great Theatre of the World. For those neophytes in the history of Spanish Baroque literature, this play is one of the autosacramentales, which are grand dramatic allegories that teach the truths of the Faith to the masses. In this one, Calderon returns to one of his favorite themes: life is pure fiction when compared to the destiny God has prepared for us. All of our glories and sufferings are roles given to us, not who we are in ourselves. This is seen in the recurring slogan of the play, “Obrar bien, pues Dios es Dios.” (Do well, for God is God.) In other words, you can’t take it with you, and how you will live in the next eternal life is determined by how you play your transitory role in this one.

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