Federico García Lorca Writing Styles in The House of Bernarda Alba

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Realism and Surrealism

Lorca was a great experimenter with poetic and dramatic form, and was certainly influenced by the variety of new artistic forms developed in his day. Although the term surrealism is specific to the work of a handful of artists at a particular time, it is often used to describe a variety of techniques that seek to express the human subconscious directly, rather than revealing it through external actions, as is the case in realist drama. In writing his last play, Lorca worked against such a technique, trying to reach a more "objective" tragedy by stripping away the overtly poetic elements that had characterized his style before this. His friend Adolfo Salazar noted that as Lorca finished reading each scene he would exclaim, "Notadrop of poetry! Reality! Realism!" The House of Bernardo Alba lacks the stylized elements of the other two plays in the trilogy, but never...

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