Calderon and the Baroque Tradition by Kurt Levy, Jesús Ara, Gethin Hughes

By Kurt Levy, Jesús Ara, Gethin Hughes

Papers awarded at a world symposium April 10-11, 1981 less than the sponsorship of the college of Toronto.

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14 El resultado es, sin embargo, que esto permite que el arma aparezca luego en manos de una mujer, y que Crespo se sienta en seguida asegurado de haber alcanzado el honor debido: A buen tiempo la has traido. Ya tengo honra, pues ya tengo espada con que seguirlos. (ed. ), a pesar de posibles anacronismos. Vease Lucien-Paul Thomas, "Les jeux de scene et 1'architecture des idees dans le theatre allegorique de Calderon", Homenaje a Menendez Pidal 2 (1925), 501-30. ALAN SOONS / La figura de Astrea en Calderon 29 Y en este momento precisamente, fuera de la escena, el destine le esta otorgando a Crespo, inesperadamente, el oficio de alcalde, o sea la realidad juridica que la espada "de Astrea" simboliza.

However, as far as Calderon's autos sacramentales are concerned, the opposite seems to be true: the macrocosm instantly and dramatically responds to the happenings in man's microcosm. That is to say, as soon as man loses control, the universe comes crashing down. The most sensitive links between the microcosm, the geocosm, and the macrocosm beyond were the four elements Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. Of these, the last enclosed the globe of air that circled Water and Earth, and, as such, Fire was considered a transition between geocosm and macrocosm.

28 Calderon and the Baroque Tradition Violante, mi madre, jay cielos! rompio la prision, y en tropa del pecho salieron juntas, tropezando unas con otras. No me embarace en decirlas; En fin, piadosa oyo mis quejas, y quiso consolarme con las propias Descolgo una antigua espada, que es esta que cino. Agora es tiempo que se desnude (como prometi) la hoja, pues confiada en sus senas, me dijo: Parte a Polonia y procura que te vean ese acero que te adorna los mas nobles . . (ed. de Sloman, III, 2808-46) Es de notar que no se espera tanto que ella se valga de la espada como arma ofensiva sino que la ostente, cual nueva Astrea, como atributo.

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