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  • 'Yerma'. National Theatre Museum, Almagro © Ministerio de Cultura

    'Yerma'. National Theatre Museum, Almagro © Ministerio de Cultura



Dramatic literature, Theatre



Original title


Tragic play by Lorca on the misfortunes of a woman who wants to be a mother but is not able to.

Premiered in the Teatro Español theatre in 1934, "Yerma" is the second part of Lorca's trilogy of tragedies, together with "Blood Wedding" (1933) and "The House of Bernarda Alba" (1936).

It centres on the force of instinct against repression, and tells the story about Yerma's battle to become a mother. After discovering that her husband is sterile, she realises she has to kill him. Because social conventions of society at the time did not allow women to have children with men other than their husbands while they were alive. That is why Yerma's attitude is two-fold: radical on one hand and traditional on the other.

Lorca's aim with this trilogy was to combine myth, poetry and real life to portray women of his time - oppressed and liberated at the same time.


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