His lines appear spontaneous and free; the poet seems to say: 'The song is a self-revelation; only let the soul sing by itself.' Yet he works with a stern artistic conscience, shrinking from no labour, with a scrupulous and deliberate selection in subject and phrase, discriminating subtly in the analysis of his sensations and emotions. These 'romances' are variations on the same feverish, tired mood; we seem to overhear them, as mere echoes of the inner song.
Here too, where the personages of the 'commedia dell'arte' rise to be the actors of a passionate inward drama, we have a kind of symbolism; an attitude of the soul is translated into the scene of a pantomime. And keen is our interest in the trifling drama that is being played by the maskers, because it is an image of our interior tragedy. We descry secret tears in the oblique eyes behind the mask, and weary, bitter smile on their farded lips, the tragic smile of Watteau's L'Indifférent.
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