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dark-romantics · 2 days ago
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The difference between people is simple. Some see Medusa as the monster, others see Poseidon. Some see the Minotaur as the monster, others see Minos. It depends on who is telling the myth, and who is listening. Some prefer the obvious, others know the insidious speaks louder than most things.
~ Nikita Gill, Excerpts from Maidens, Myths and Monsters
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riptears · 2 days ago
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“I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life."
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, Sylvia Plath
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the-bubble-girl · 2 days ago
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E’ un peccato, mille volte peccato, non dire mai quello che si prova, non esprimere quello che si sente
-Virginia Woolf - La signora Dalloway
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blackswaneuroparedux · 14 hours ago
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Oh – Vivienne! Was there ever such a torture since life began! – to bear her on one’s shoulders, biting, wriggling, raving, scratching, unwholesome, powdered, insane, yet sane to the point of insanity, reading his letters, thrusting herself on us, coming in wavering trembling … This bag of ferrets is what Tom [Eliot] wears round his neck.
- Virginia Woolf on T.S. Eliot’s first wife, Vivienne.
T.S. Eliot once said that his marriage to his first wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood brought about “the state of mind out of which came The Waste Land”. If one knows anything of the poem, it’s not difficult to imagine the kind of marriage it must have been.
They were both titanically mismatched when they married after only three months' acquaintance. Eliot was emotionally crippled by attachment to his domineering mother, and was too horrified by his wife's body and too mortified by the abdominal truss he wore to consummate the marriage; Vivienne's mood swings, dysmenorrhoea, sexual demands and sedative addiction seem to have provoked an instinctive repulsion in him that only deepened as their marriage progressed.
The painful relationship between the American-born poet and his first wife was the subject of the 1984 play Tom and Viv. Early in their marriage she had an affair with Bertrand Russell, which Eliot is said to have ignored. Before her illness, she claimed that she and her husband were incompatible; he told his friends, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, that he could not imagine even shaving in his wife's presence. In 1928 he took a vow of chastity. The creator of the harsh worlds of poems such as The Waste Land and The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock first considered a separation from Vivienne in 1932. He took up a professorship at Harvard and only met her once again before her death in 1947.
In America, Eliot renewed an acquaintance with an old girlfriend, Emily Hale, a drama teacher. She devoted herself to Eliot in the 1930s, but their relationship is thought to have been platonic. For 20 years the poet saw an Englishwoman named Mary Trevelyan too, but their relationship is thought to have been asexual. Trevelyan proposed three times, but Eliot explained that the idea of marriage, after Vivienne, was a "nightmare". In 1957, at the age of 68, Eliot married his 30-year-old secretary, Valerie, who had worked for him for eight years.
**Photo: T.S. Eliot with Virginia Woolf and Vivienne (far right).
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metamorphesque · 2 months ago
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— Virginia Woolf, a diary entry
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booksandothersecrets · 11 months ago
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Normalise liking poetry because you like the way it sounds and art because you think its beautiful. You don’t have to understand the deeper meaning of something to appreciate it - poetry is bloody difficult to analyse and art requires an extensive knowledge of movements and artists to properly get - so please just wonder around art galleries and decide which pieces you’d buy if you could, and read out lines of poetry simply because they have a nice ring to them.
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apoherm · 4 months ago
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reviewsium  A sudden change of feed caught me off guard and I'll slowly shift to a something darker because I'm "forced to" do so...please bear with me ;<
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la-dama-de-rosas · 9 months ago
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selected diaries, virginia woolf / abandonment (the pair), henri de toulouse-lautrec / pillow thoughts, courtney peppernell / in bed, henri de toulouse-lautrec / work song, hozier / the two friends, henri de toulouse-lautrec / portrait of a lady on fire (2019), dir. céline sciamma
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darkacademia07 · 3 months ago
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“what if I told you i am incapable of tolerating my own heart?”
── 𝘝𝘪𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘢 𝘞𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘧
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