Et in Arcadia ego (part 1) - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
Et in Arcadia ego (part 1)|
(to be continued)
Current Mood: elated
Current Music: silence
|Date:||November 27th, 2002 04:13 pm (UTC)|| |
|Date:||November 28th, 2002 04:10 am (UTC)|| |
Where's that quote from, anyway? I remember a Nabokov story with that title, which got me wondering.
(totally Stoppard-ignorant, Gaal should take care of that soon...)
|Date:||November 28th, 2002 07:46 am (UTC)|| |
Stoppard-ignorant? Aw, man! You must
and The Invention of Love
ASAP. Trust me on this.
As for et in Arcadia ego
, it's a good question. The phrase is no doubt inspired by Virgil's pastoral Eclogues
, but as far as I know appears first in Poussin's famous painting "The Shepherds of Arcadia"
, also referred to as "Et in Arcadia ego", as it depicts four shepherds examining a tomb bearing that inscription. One interpretation reads it as "Even in Arcadia I [am]", I being Death. Another maintains that it means "I, too, lived in Arcadia", interpreting it as the deceased's final sentiment.
I guess you know the image of classical Arcadia, and the whole shepherds-exchanging-poems fiction etc.
|Date:||November 29th, 2002 05:55 am (UTC)|| |
Aha! Thanks for that. (Now you got me wondering what that Nabokov story was about...) As for Stoppard, I've been meaning to read some of his stuff for ages but I hardly read at all these days (believe it or not). I will, though. Promise.
|Date:||December 1st, 2002 04:13 am (UTC)|| |
Well, the answer's a bit complicated, and I was going to write a whole journal entry about it but I can't concentrate very well in Internet cafes. Basically, I found that indulging my book cravings did me more harm than good, physically and spiritually. Or to put it more positively - dammit, at age 24 I've already read more books than most people do in a lifetime, isn't it time for something different? I've generally been trying to drop much of my old intellectualism. Urr. I SHOULD write a whole journal entry about this... Or a whole journal.