Friday, July 2, 2010

From the Symbolist Manifesto ~

This morning, all sunny and shifting light cool in dandyland, I've been thinking about the Symbolist poets and wondering exactly how their work connects with You'll Always Come Back. Like all breaks, epistemological and otherwise, the past couple of weeks, spent doing things not directly related to YACB, has refreshed, but left me with the tricky job of picking up the thread(s) and rejoining the severed spine. Maybe this quote, written by Jean Moreas in the Symbolist Manifesto, is something I can be for or against, to start with...

"Ainsi, dans cet art, les tableaux de la nature, les actions des humains, tous les phénomènes concrets ne sauraient se manifester eux-mêmes ; ce sont là des apparences sensibles destinées à représenter leurs affinités ésotériques avec des Idées primordiales."

(In this art, scenes from nature, human activities, and all other real world phenomena will not be described for their own sake; here, they are perceptible surfaces created to represent their esoteric affinities with the primordial Ideals.)

"The physical universe, then, is a kind of language that invites a privileged spectator to decipher it, although this does not yield a single message so much as a superior network of associations." ~ Marshall Olds.

And this verse, by Paul Verlaine ~

Je suis l'Empire à la fin de la Décadence,
Qui regarde passer les grands Barbares blancs
En composant des acrostiches indolents
D'un style d'or où la langueur du soleil danse.

("I am the Empire at the end of the decadence, who watches the large, white barbarians passing, while composing lazy acrostic poems in a gilded style in which the languor of the sun dances.")

The Death of the Grave Digger ~ Carlos Schwabe

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