Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea
by Luis de Góngora

in calligraphy and sound

    “Landscape with Polyphemus”, by Nicolas Poussin (ca. 1645), Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

      This version of the poem Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea, by Luis de Góngora, features sound and calligraphy for each of the 63 stanzas. All the files were created by Eric Vogt. In addition to being a Golden Age specialist, Prof. Vogt is a master calligrapher, and the graphic files are an example of his craft; they average about 150 K each.
    In this exhibit, Prof. Vogt's sound clips for the stanzas will be indicated by the symbol given at the right. Two types of sound files are included at present: 1) regular WAV files, averaging around 900K per stanza, and TruSpeech versions, at around 20K each. The larger files obviously offer much better sound quality and may be reproduced more easily; the TruSpeech versions may need a special player.  We're still working on this aspect of the project and making the sound files "stream". [Sound]
Brief message from Dr. Vogt

     The calligraphic text of the poem basically constitutes a new edition, especially as regards punctuation, which was sporadic and inconsistent in Golden Age writings. Various editions have been consulted, but Prof. Vogt has used his own critical judgement in producing the calligraphic version.
    Notes prepared by Prof. Vogt —with help from Prof. Jehle— on rhetorical and other aspects of the poems are being added. to the stanzas.  These represent a distillation of our own knowledge with that of other sources, for example the Oxford Companion to Classical Literature.

Pictures and links

    Nicolas Poussin's Landscape with Polyphemus (larger version of the picture shown above).
    Raphael's The Nymph Galatea, from the WebMusem at the University of North Carolina.
    Suggestions to professors and students interested in using Luis de Góngora's La fábula de Polifemo y Galatea as a learning tool for language, literature, classical culture, art history, and more.
    Ovid's Metamorphoses, in Latin, from the Loeb Classical Library Vol. 43, Book XIII, with the story of Polyphemus (the Cyclops) and Galatea. Used with permission of the Harvard University Press.
    Ovid's Metamorphoses, from MIT. This is the English version by John Dryden et al. under the direction of Sir Samuel Garth.  Book XIII, the last, contains the story of Polyphemus and Galatea.
    The Association for Hispanic Classical Theatre offers a section on the rules of scansion under tools for those teaching the comedia in addition to the texts of numerous plays of the Spanish Golden Age.
    Prof. Juan Carlos M. Coll offers several works by Góngora as part of his page on Poesía y poetas andaluces.

Main characters, central allegory, figures.
Start or select any stanza from the list below:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63

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Eric Vogt  
URL: www.ipfw.edu/jehle/poesia/polifemo.htm

Fred Jehle