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Apparently with no surprise * Emily Dickinson Poetry

Apparently with no surprise
To any happy Flower
The Frost beheads it at its play—
In accidental power —
The blonde Assassin passes on—
The Sun proceeds unmoved
To measure off another Day
For an Approving God.

maxresdefaultWith “Apparently with no surprise” Emily picks up one of her favorite themes: death. Yeah, kind of dark, but some biographers say that she had particularly good reason to be writing about the D-word when she wrote this poem. Some say that this one popped out of her brilliant mind in the 1880’s not long after she’d gone through a string of deaths in her life.

There was her mom, her dad, her cute little nephew, several close friends, and Otis Phillips Lord (the closest thing to a BF she ever had). Yup, seems like she had good reason to dwell on death a bit. In fact, this poem was written not long before her own death in 1886.

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Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath * Poetry

o-sylvia-plath-photos-facebookI have done it again.
One year in every ten
I manage it——

A sort of walking miracle, my skin
Bright as a Nazi lampshade,
My right foot

A paperweight,
My face a featureless, fine
Jew linen.

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T.S. Eliot * The Wastelands * What the Thunder Said (V)

“What the Thunder Said” is set in various places. The first three stanzas are set in a desolate and deserted place where it resembles a true waste land, emphasizing the dire need of society for salvation. “Falling towers” and “unreal cities” indicates the destruction and corruption within society. The title of this part has been derived from an Indian legend, which says that all beings, the men, devils and as well as gods, listen to what the thunder says in order to restore life to the “wasteland”.

This part starts off with a setting of a rocky place with no water. Water here symbolizes salvation and hope, thus the beginning of part V reflects on a society where civilization is corrupted, impure, given in temptations – in need of salvation. As the poem progresses, we reach another setting where civilization is engulf in fire which is both a purifying and destructive element and it therefore plays a significant role in the rebirth and regeneration of society. This resembles an apocalypse.Later on, hope is finally coming – re-emergence of water bringing with it the hope of rebirth by the thunder. Thunder plays an important role. When it speaks, Eliot describes it as God delivering three groups of followers -– men, demons, and the gods -– the sound “Da”: Datta for humans which means to give – to curb man’s greed, dayadhvam for devils which means to have compassion and empathy for others, and damyata for gods which means to control for they are wild and rebellious. Together, God gives these three orders which add up to a consistent moral perspective, composure, generosity, and empathy lying at the core, to reach inner peace.

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T.S. Eliot * The Wastelands * Death by Water (IV)

T.S. Eliot’s major themes are fading youth and aging – tempered throughout by a feeling of inadequacy, fear and indecisiveness. He writes about fading greatness, and fading youth – not necessarily his own youth – but something idealized.
Eliot’s second major theme is religion – the purifying fire of faith and unqualified belief. Eliot writes almost lustfully about the fire.
He’s indecisive, unsure of his footing – metaphor, perhaps, for the fading glory of the British Empire, too – but certainly a nostalgia for a moment that passed.

The shortest section of the poem, “Death by Water” describes a man, Phlebas the Phoenician, who has died, apparently by drowning. In death he has forgotten his worldly cares as the creatures of the sea have picked his body apart. The narrator asks his reader to consider Phlebas and recall his or her own mortality.

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Bacovia, Intre satanism si murder ballads (Romanian)

“Inauntrul oricarei dorinte se incaiera un calugar cu un macelar.”
(Emil Cioran – Silogismele amaraciunii)

George Bacovia, pe numele sau real G. Vasiliu s-a nascut la 4 septembrie 1881, la Bacau, fiu al comerciantului Dumitru Vasiliu (Andonie Vasile Dumitru) si al Zoei Langa. Bacovia absolva liceul in 1903 in orasul sau natal,studiaza dreptul la Iasi si Bucuresti, obtine in 1913 licenta apoi este impiegat prin felurite institutii si maestru suplinitor de desen si caligrafie. Este numit la 1 noiembrie 1946 consilier in Ministerul Artelor si atacat curand cu violenta pentru insalubritatea poeziei sale. Moare in Bucuresti la 22 mai 1957.

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Flowers in the Attic * Book 1 * V.C. Andrews Book review

When I picked up this tiny looking book (compared to the behemoths I usually adhere to), I was surprised that I really, really liked it! And I can totally see why it was banned for years due to strong sexual themes, incest, rape scenes and other sensitive subjects. This is not a “cute book” about flowers. This is not for the faint of heart. This is a story of death and misery and everlasting hope.

Written in 1979 – it still feels contemporary enough to give you the chills. If you’ve watched “The Room” you know how terrifying it must feel to be locked up and not have a sense of how the outside is like. It’s claustrophobic and very enlightening about family relations in close quarters.

After reading it, I found out it was adapted for the big screen and guess what I’ve got in my eBay basket? Yep – the movie.

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Mircea Eliade * At the Gypsies- The Labyrinth

As we tackled House of Leaves, it’s important to pay tribute to one of the best Romanian authors – Mircea Eliade – who spent decades researching and writing about the symbolism and the minute differences between the sacred and mundane. In his personal journal notes, he remarks:

“These thirty years, and more, that I’ve spent among exotic, barbaric, indomitable gods and goddesses, nourished on myths, obsessed by symbols, nursed and bewitched by so many images which have come down to me from those submerged worlds, today seem to me to be the stages of a long initiation. Each one of these divine figures, each of these myths or symbols, is connected to a danger that was confronted and overcome. How many times I was almost lost, gone astray in this labyrinth where I risked being killed… These were not only bits of knowledge acquired slowly and leisurely in books, but so many encounters, confrontations, and temptations. I realize perfectly well now all the dangers I skirted during this long quest, and, in the first place, the risk of forgetting that I had a goal… that I wanted to reach a “center”.”

statuiaregeluicarolI.JPGThe essential feature for Eliade is the theme of the camouflaging of the sacred into the profane, with various textual avatars and representations. The symbolic of the labyrinth is of major importance to Eliade’s writing. In fact, he considers that his life is placed, with  all the successes and revelations, under the sign of the labyrinth, a sign that confers  an organic character, coherence and integrative vocation to events that appear as neutral, random during a lifetime.

At the Gypsies was written in 1959 in Paris and published in 1963 in Novellas. It represents an allegory of death and passing on, the reality hiding a layer of supernatural and fantastic – like much of his works.

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Book Reviews Stephen King

The Black House * Stephen King And Peter Straub

“Mental dysfunction, neurotic and psychotic behaviour – takes time to develop and there are usually signs”

Let me tell you why I love this book and I hate it at the same time. I love it because it’s a sequel of my favourite book ever (The Talisman), it’s got Jack Sawyer, Travellin’ Jack, in it and there are Gunslingers, and there’s the Territories, and there’s Twinners and so much more. Black House looks back at the twelve year old Jack Sawyer and his quest across America, while creating a whole new chapter in the process. 

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A monster calls – Book Review

My mother passed away last year in a short month from an incurable disease that just stole her away. When I heard that the “A monster calls” movie came out, I wanted to go and see it but all my friends stopped me saying that the time is not right yet and the wound is too fresh. So I decided to wait a little and read the illustrated book instead.

I was never so right in a purchase and it made me cry still as I could see myself in the little boy and my mother in his. 

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What Happens When You Die * Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

What actually happens when you die is that your brain stops working and your body rots, like Rabbit did when he died and we buried him in the earth at the bottom of the garden. And all his molecules were broken down into other molecules and they went into the earth and were eaten by worms and went into the plants and if we go dig in the same place in 10 years there will be nothing except his skeleton left. And in 1,000 years even his skeleton will be gone. But that is all right because he is part of the flowers and the apple tree and the hawthorn bush now.

When people die they are sometimes put into coffins which means that they don’t mix with the earth for a very long time until the wood of the coffin rots.

But Mother was cremated. This means that she was put into a coffin and burnt and ground up and turned into ash and smoke. I do not know what happens to the ash and I couldn’t ask at the crematorium because I didn’t go to the funeral. But the smoke goes out of the chimney and into the air and sometimes I look up into the sky and I think that there are molecules of Mother up there, or in clouds over Africa or the Antartic, or coming down as rain in rainforests in Brazil, or in snow somewhere.

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time