Sunday, August 24, 2008

Melancholy for a Loss of Melancholy?

The premise of the article is interesting, albeit a tad dated. Still, an ok read. A bit says:
"I for one am afraid that American culture's overemphasis on happiness at the expense of sadness might be dangerous, a wanton forgetting of an essential part of a full life. I further am concerned that to desire only happiness in a world undoubtedly tragic is to become inauthentic, to settle for unrealistic abstractions that ignore concrete situations. I am finally fearful of our society's efforts to expunge melancholia. Without the agitations of the soul, would all of our magnificently yearning towers topple? Would our heart-torn symphonies cease?"

But there is brilliantly written paragraph in this article and, per me, it would have to be this:

"Keats understood that suffering and death are not aberrations to be cursed but necessary parts of a capacious existence, a personal history attuned to the plentiful polarity of the cosmos. To deny death and calamity would be to live only a partial life, one devoid of creativity and beauty. Keats welcomed his death so that he could live."
Read it all here.


Anonymous said...

Thank heavens for the 'down' times. Sans those I can't create anything so I'd align myself with the author's premise, sure.

Anonymous said...

More specifically, and at the risk of sounding like a masochist to some, I look forward to sad times as well as a good cry. It's only during those times that I feel like I'm being productive and just plain true to my art [and self]. Plus, I'm so much happier when I'm "in" a happy moment.

Unknown said...

Keats said it best. And I know better than to disagree with him.

Anonymous said...

a lot of the best art is created when under the influence of strong impulse, however, I'm assuming that feeling 'even' could also be [and is!] conducive to good productivity.

Anonymous said...

I feel I do better work when I "...deny death and calamity ... to live only a partial life, one devoid of creativity and beauty."
I'd rather create mediocre work, I guess, plus I never wanted to give Michelangelo a run for his proverbial money.

Anonymous said...

bri, i dig the blog title! apropos, apropos!!