Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
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Tämä viestiketju on "uinuva" —viimeisin viesti on vanhempi kuin 90 päivää. Ryhmä "virkoaa", kun lähetät vastauksen.
The style doesn't help. It is very much influenced by classical Latin, and clarity and conciseness are avoided at all costs. Now, I don't mind texts being hugely over-written; I actually like Lord Dunsany. Yet Thomas de Quincey tries to make the mundane sublime through allusion and complicated wordage in a way that is just tiring.
The second sister is called Mater Suspiriorum — Our Lady
of Sighs. She never scales the clouds, nor walks abroad
upon the winds. She wears no diadem. And her eyes, if
they were ever seen, would be neither sweet nor subtle; no
man could read their story; they would be found filled with
perishing dreams, and with wrecks of forgotten delirium.
But she raises not her eyes; her head, on which sits a
dilapidated turban, droops for ever, for ever fastens on the
dust. She weeps not. She groans not. But she sighs
inaudibly at intervals. Her sister. Madonna, is oftentimes
stormy and frantic, raging in the highest against heaven,
and demanding back her darlings. But Our Lady of Sighs
never clamours, never defies, dreams not of rebellious
aspirations. She is humble to abjectness. Hers is the
meekness that belongs to the hopeless. Murmur she may,
but it is in her sleep. Whisper she may, but it is to herself
in the twilight. Mutter she does at times, but it is in
solitary places that are desolate as she is desolate, in ruined
cities, and when the sun has gone down to his rest.
Dario Argento's film "Suspiria" led me to that passage years ago and I've been a big fan of de Quincey ever since. I adore his phantasmagorical flights of fancy and his sardonic sense of humor. Another favorite of mine is his essay "On Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts". Hilarious, reminds me of Hitchcock's little vignettes of dark humor on his TV show. It must have been absolutely delightful to hear de Quincey speak in person. I didn't enjoy the biographical stuff much either. But, that's not what I love him for.
The Posthumous Works of Thomas de Quincey, Volume 1, Suspiria de Profundis with other essays
The experimental essays of the Suspiria de Profundis are really interesting. Discovered unfinished after his death.
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