Scope In lecture 5 we consider the range of critical interpretations inspired by Oedipus the prototype of the modern-day scientist (Nietzsche) the symbol of repressed libido (Freud) and the symbol of the ritual scapegoat (Girard). We also examine some of the modern incarnations of the oedipal tragedy. IV. Later Incarnations of the Oedipus
With The Changing Light at Sandover James Merrill found his own way to write an epic sacred poem in the second half of the twentieth century. The poem describes a world in which DNA, atoms, the history and future of mankind, nature, the angels, and God all find a place - and vital to the design is the role of culture, and particularly poetry. In an impressive variety of poetic forms and styles, and with considerable verbal wit, the narrative of the poem describes the experiences over 20 years that Merrill and his male partner David Jackson had with a Ouija board, and is organized, on one level, around Dante's triad of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, and on another around the structure of the board itself, its letters, numbers, and its YES, NO, and ampersand. The voices from the spirit world are transcribed in small upper-case letters, while the rest of the poem involves scene-setting, and commentary, questions and discussion by the two mortals. The details of Merrill's cosmology have...
When we see mock-heroic figuring in this way, we can register it as both a victory and a defeat for the genre on the one hand, we see mock-heroic asserting its relevance to a new literary form, the novel, which had no classical roots and which to some degree defined itself against the classical on the other, the conditions under which mock-heroic makes an appearance here might be seen as gestural and trivializing. Mock-heroic is perhaps the iconic literary genre of the English Augustan era, a period that we can roughly define as from the Restoration (1660) to the death of Pope (1744). During this period, it enjoys prominence despite being a coterie genre what we customarily see as the great incarnations of the form, Dryden's Mac Flecknoe, Garth's The Dispensary, and Pope's Rape and The Dunciad, are few in number and linked by strong ties of influence. It is an august company that mimics the tight-knit brotherhood of the great epics themselves Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil's...
The volume also points to the reincarnation of poets' works and lives in new media. One well-known example is the popular 20th-century version of Gay's 18th-century opera, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera. It produced the enduring song Mack the Knife with which the modern singer Bobby Darin remains identified. As another example, the scandalous 18th-century poetry by John Wilmot, second earl of Rochester, gained renewed interest after a 2004 movie version of Wilmot's life, The Libertine, starring Johnny Depp. In addition Christopher Smarts mad poem My Cat Jeoffrey from his Jubilate Agno enjoyed rebirth when the 20th-century composer Benjamin Britten adopted a short excerpt from the poem for use in his festival cantata Rejoice in the Lamb. Such examples make clear the enduring quality of stirring literature.
Past Life Regression And Reincarnation
Do You Believe That This Life Are The Effect Of Your Past Life? Understand Reincarnation And How This Life Can Affect Your Condition In Your Next Life.