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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand

Analysis: Writing Style

Acrobatic, Extravagant

Rostand’s style is infused with all the grand heroism of seventeenth century French speech. He uses lyrical flights of poetry and witty repartee as well as all the conventional titles – Monsieur, Mademoiselle, etc. – of the time. Just look at one of Cyrano’s speeches to see what we’re getting at here: "Gather around my bones," he says on his deathbed, "that you may give / A double meaning to your widow’s weeds / and the tears you let fall for him may be / For a little – my tears." Alliteration, metaphors, hyperbole – and, of course, the French was written in verse, making it even more majestic in style.

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