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Durer and Melancholia


Adrienne Rich in an interview:

"The image at the end of the poem is from Dürer’s famous engraving, Melencolia I. It shows a woman, powerful in face and body, introspective, seated among various instruments of science and artisanship. She seems to be imagining—we don’t know what. Melencolia I refers to an old idea of the melancholy of the imaginative spirit—not sadness but a profound study of the world. I’ve had that engraving on my wall since I was in my teens."

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Dürer’s Melencolia I (sorry about the blurb below!):

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I like her Kat, I like that her space is so small and cluttered. She is sturdy and spirited looking. Earthy and dreamy at the same time.

I know of Rich but am not that familiar with her poetry. Do you recommend it?

Chris
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hmm -- maybe it's just me, but I see a synchronicity with what I just posted in my edit on Root of Desire. Must be going around, melancholia and woman's responsibility.
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Thank you, Kat. I always enjoy what everyone manages to bring to our board. Always the brain gets tickled, stimulated.

Many years ago, starting out, educating myself, I was big on art history, mostly in the Western context. Durer became an immediate favorite. I felt a kinship to him. What a thinker he was. What a heightened capacity he had for, in a sense, thinking with his eyes connected to his hands. Anyway, I remember seeing a print of his Melancolia. I responded to all it says about unsayable things. Artists like Durer rather prove Kenneth Clark's point that the arts distinguish the human spirit in a way nothing else does, not even the sciences or religion.

Chris, you've asked the question of Kat, but if I may, in my view Adrienne Rich is one of the big ones. A silver poet for sure, head and shoulders above many then and since. And, Libra, I am now off to read your edited poem.

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Hi all,

Glad the Durer engraving spoke to you as it did to me.

Chris, I like her too. "She" looks grounded, thoughtful and not overwhelmed by her surroundings. You asked me about Rich's poetry, and I realized I have't read that much of it! I read some of her earlier work back in college, and occasionally I come across one of her poems on the web that I like and make a copy of. The Rich book I return most often to is: What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics. I do think Rich is worth checking out, or in my case, checking out some more. emoticon
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