By John Wilmot
If I by means of miracle could be
This livelong minute real to thee
'Tis all that heav'n allows.'
The Earl of Rochester used to be England's first megastar poet, a byword for the theatricality, licentiousness, and scepticism of the recovery age. yet his scandalous popularity belies the range and class of his paintings: his love poems set new criteria not just of sexual explicitness but additionally of mental acuity and lyric grace, whereas his satires broke new floor as a lot by way of the refinement in their ironies as within the brutality in their invective. A fascinatingly contradictory determine,
Rochester emerges extra in actual fact than ever from this re-creation, the 1st number of his paintings in glossy spelling to take account of contemporary progressive advances in textual scholarship. It contains in simple terms poems now securely attributed to the poet, in texts dependent now not at the posthumous and unreliable
printed variations yet at the so much authoritative manuscripts which circulated in his lifetime.
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Try finding a sunset through a simple gift of looking west. There can be too much light for your own good. Pace Pascal. Let someone close your eyes. Necessary, or so I’m told. That hand in front of your face, try it now. 40 “Come Live with Me” “A swan in the ice of its own disposition” The phrase is Giorgio’s The absence is my own difficult to detect as astral matter in the flux of disappearance. Did any of this happen and if so is there more to say? Yes. “From desire to mourning” Giorgio again guest of the rose ice block of metaphor dissociation from love’s signature renunciation by way of recovery.
The dumps of our artifacts bewilder them. They probe, not knowing what to expect from excess. They act out an experiment, a hairline calculation for survival: is the expenditure of energy to dig up carrots from the frozen ground more than their return in calories? Did you notice the price tag when the wine was poured, the cool chardonnay, the special cabernet, white and red absurdities of words? The motion lights are set to react outside the house but, tell me, did you see the clutter in the study, one would think!