Mariana (A Poem) In 1830, Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote one of his finest poems, “Mariana”, based upon this character, as described in Measure for Measure: “Mariana in the moated grange.” This is a Mariana of tragedy, not comedy. This is a Mariana who is forever lovesick and in mourning for her lost love, Angelo – who is very much alive and well, thank you. Tennyson beautifully evokes the stage upon which she leads her “dreary life”, a landscape in which the poplar tree is the most distinctive feature – the poplar tree, which is the classical symbol of a lover who has broken a promise. Tennyson’s Mariana repeatedly wishes she were dead. In our opinion, that would have been a better fate than hitching up with the contemptible Angelo!
Mariana (Measure for Measure) Mariana is a pivotal character in William Shakespeare’s 1604 play, Measure for Measure. She has been jilted by her one-time fiancée, Angelo, after her dowry was lost at sea when her brother’s ship sank, killing him. Five years later, she still lives alone in a moated farmhouse and bemoans her losses, but she has not renounced her love for Angelo. She proclaims: “They say, best men…become much more the better for being a little bad.” Uh oh, good girl falls for bad boy – timeless. In the usual Shakespearean fashion of changing identities, Mariana poses as the current object of Angelo’s desire (Isabella, a novice nun, no less!) and goes to bed with him. She obviously still has a thing for the guy, but we’re a little concerned about her level of self-respect. The trick is a ploy to save Isabella’s brother, Claudio, from death at the order of Angelo, and as such, it works. When Angelo’s hypocrisy is uncovered, and he is to be brought to trial for his own misdeeds, Mariana pleads for his life. The Duke of Venice acquiesces to her wish, orders them to be married, and says: Joy to you, Mariana! Love her, Angelo.” Well, let’s hope so – he owes her big time.
Mariana - a song by the Gibson Brothers
Mariana - a song by Galinha Pintadinha
Mariana - a song by Mariana Ramos
Mariana Mambo - a song by Chayanne
Mariana and the Merchild: A Folk Tale from Chile (Caroline Pitcher) - Old Mariana lives alone in her ramshackle hut on the beach. During the day, longing for companionship, she tries to befriend the village children who tease her behind her back. At night, she hides in her hut, afraid of the sea-wolves that come out to hunt when storms set in. One morning after a vicious storm, Mariana finds a large crab, which splits in two to reveal a Merbaby. Mariana wants to keep the child, and her wish is granted when the infant's mother, a Sea Spirit, asks the old woman to look after her "until the seas lie calm" and it is safe to take her home. As they watch Mariana and her charge laugh and play, the village children overcome their fears, and when the Merchild finally leaves, they comfort the grieving Mariana. At times the language sounds forced, making the rhythm choppy when read aloud. However, Morris's dramatic paintings, done in reds, blues, and greens, make the story come alive. The subtle details in the borders, the clothing designs, and the household interiors provide a sense of setting and time. The realistic portrayal of the people adds to the tale's magic. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Mariana - Mariana of Austria (Queen consort of Spain in the 17th century); Mariana Bracetti (Puerto Rican leader of 1860 independent movement); Mariana Díaz-Oliva (tennis player); Mariana Seoane (Mexican actress and singer); Mariana Trench (deepest part of the ocean); Mariana Duque (tennis player); Mariana Victoria of Spain (18th century Queen of Portugal); Mariana Nicolesco (opera singer)
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Mariana - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mariana.