elizabethanism
elizabethanism
Builder of cathedrals and air castles
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elizabethanism · an hour ago
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To the lucky now who have lovers or friends,
Who move to their sweet undiscovered ends,
Or whom the great conspiracy deceives,
I wish these whirling autumn leaves —
As for me I now move
Through many negatives to what I am.
— Lawrence Durrell, "Alexandria" (1946)
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elizabethanism · 2 hours ago
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"We cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way."
Aldous Huxley
Island
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elizabethanism · 5 hours ago
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"Silence emerges from the sound of the rain and spreads in a crescendo of grey monotony over the narrow street I contemplate. I’m sleeping while awake, standing by the window, leaning against it as against everything. I search in myself for the sensations I feel before these falling threads of darkly luminous water that stand out from the grimy building façades and especially from the open windows. And I don’t know what I feel or what I want to feel. I don’t know what to think or what I am."
Fernando Pessoa
The Book of Disquiet
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elizabethanism · 5 hours ago
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五月五日天中節
一切惡事盡消滅
急急如律令
FIFTH DAY OF FIFTH LUNAR MONTH:
ALL THINGS WICKED AND PESTILENT TO BE VANQUISHED INSTANTLY WITH THIS SPELL
A Duanwu spell to vanquish all summer pestilence.
#端午安康
[Dunhuang fragment, The British Library S.799]
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What is shown above is the English translation of the first line of text in the Chinese manuscript.
The second line simply reads
五五天天天
five-- five-- sky--sky--sky
It might be an incantation of some sort, but I cannot tell for sure.
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elizabethanism · 5 hours ago
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Joseph Mallord William Turner - Three Seascapes (c.1827)
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elizabethanism · 5 hours ago
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Childe Hassam - Summer Evening, Paris, 1889
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elizabethanism · 5 hours ago
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"Taste is only to be educated by contemplation, not of the tolerably good but of the truly excellent. I therefore show you only the best works; and when you are grounded in these, you will have a standard for the rest..."
~ Goethe ; Conversations with Eckermann
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elizabethanism · 7 hours ago
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🔶 RAYMOND CARVER
A NEW PATH TO THE WATERFALL
”And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.”
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elizabethanism · 8 hours ago
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He no longer dreams of flight
but of a fall
that draws like lightning
a profile of infinity
Zbigniew Herbert, The Stars’ Chosen One
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elizabethanism · 11 hours ago
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“Language is like a road, it cannot be perceived all at once because it unfolds in time, whether heard or read. This narrative or temporal element has made writing and walking resemble each other.”
Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
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elizabethanism · 13 hours ago
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Everything blooming bows down in the rain:
-Jane Kenyon, Heavy Summer Rain
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elizabethanism · 14 hours ago
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"Roman Scandals", a 1933 American black-and-white Pre-Code musical film
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elizabethanism · 14 hours ago
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“Anonymous does not mean collective. The collective is a sum of individuals. The anonymous, however, is the metaphysical sum of all.”
Lucian Blaga
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elizabethanism · 14 hours ago
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"Everything useful and external tastes frivolous and trivial in the light of my soul’s supreme reality, and next to the pure sovereign splendour of my more original and frequent dreams. These, for me, are more real."
Fernando Pessoa
The Book of Disquiet
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elizabethanism · 14 hours ago
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“There is enough beauty in being here and not elsewhere.”
~ Fernando Pessoa
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elizabethanism · 14 hours ago
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Carole Lombard in a publicity photo for RUMBA (1935).
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elizabethanism · 14 hours ago
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“The Sacrificial Dance” from The Rite of Spring in Igor Stravinsky’s own hand, first performed 1913.
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elizabethanism · 14 hours ago
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J. M. W. Turner - Calm Sea with Distant Grey Clouds, c.1840-5 (artarchives)
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elizabethanism · 14 hours ago
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Beautiful Russian calligraphy in Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin"!
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