Life Is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

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by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Philosophical drama Spanish Golden Age Fate vs. Free Will Illusion vs. Reality The Nature of Justice The Search for Identity

1 hour 28 minutes

Life Is a Dream is a play by Spanish writer Pedro Calderón de la Barca first premiered in 1635 and belonging to the baroque literary movement.

The story focuses on the fictional Segismundo, Prince of Poland, who has been imprisoned in a tower by his father, King Basilio, following a dire prophecy that the prince would bring disaster to the country and death to the King.

Basilio briefly frees Segismundo, but when the prince goes on a rampage, the king imprisons him again, persuading him that it was all a dream.

The book is a philosophical allegory regarding the human situation and the mystery of life.

It is divided into three acts. The first, with eight scenes, gives context to the story and introduces the characters. In the second act appears the conflict or problem presented in the story. And in the third, of fourteen scenes, the denouement takes place.

For this digital edition of the book Life Is a Dream we have used Edward Fitzgerald's translation.


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About Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Spanish poet, dramatist, writer and a knight of the Order of Santiago, known primarily for being one of the most distinguished Baroque writers of t...

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The best Life Is a Dream quotes

What’s life? A frenzied, blurry haze. What’s life? Not anything it seems. A shadow. Fiction filling reams. All we possess on earth means nil, For life’s a dream, think what you will, And even all our dreams are dreams.


In this world All who live but dream they act here.


But whether it be dream or truth, to do well is what matters. If it be truth, for truth's sake. If not, then to gain friends for the time when we awaken.


If you cannot reconcile yourself to the law, remain in the cradle.


No, I dream not, since I know what I am and what I've been.

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