quinta-feira, setembro 13, 2007

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Peer Gynt
"One feels smothered by a general public stupidity, which one cannot trust to correctly judge even the most elementary things ..."

     Hanna Arendt, 1949.

No connection here unless it is the phrase "from another century", which is what I feel like, or maybe from another planet ... whatever.

Something there is about you that strikes a match in me
Is it the way your body moves or is it the way your hair blows free?
Or is it because you remind me of something that used to be
Somethin' that crossed over from another century?

Thought I'd shaken the wonder and the phantoms of my youth
Rainy days on the Great Lakes, walkin' the hills of old Duluth.
There was me and Danny Lopez, cold eyes, black night and then there was Ruth
Something there is about you that brings back a long-forgotten truth.

Suddenly I found you and the spirit in me sings
Don't have to look no further, you're the soul of many things.
I could say that I'd be faithful, I could say it in one sweet, easy breath
But to you that would be cruelty and to me it surely would be death.

Something there is about you that moves with style and grace
I was in a whirlwind, now I'm in some better place.
My hand's on the sabre and you've picked up the baton
Somethin' there is about you that I can't quite put my finger on.

     Bob Dylan, Planet Waves, Something There Is About You, 1974.

Frye would call this doggerel I suppose and dismiss it, oh well ...


There is a word for the psychological state of feeling alienated to the point of believing that you are not actually of the human race at all - that you are from outer space, Mars. I can't remember the word and I can't find it in the Thesaurus.

There is also a word for a child who is not of the family, something-ling (?). A pixie child inserted like a cuckoo into another nest. I can't remember this word either, oh my.

A friend of mine, when he was dying, told me that he believed the human race was composed of two races; one which struggled for the good, and one which simply struggled for itself. His definition was not quite like that, but close. At the time I said he was talking crazy, but I see now that it was a means of expression of this feeling.

Strangeling? (damn the Webster's Dictionary! useless!) a-and the Oxford as well looks like ... does no one register this word?

Aha! (my mistake) Changeling: A child secretly substituted for another in infancy; esp. a child (usually stupid or ugly) supposed to have been left by fairies in exchange for one stolen.

They put a stinkyng harlot in place of the holy spouse of Christe. ... this puttyng in of a changelyng ...

     Thomas Norton, Calvin's Institution of Christian religion, 1561.

Also in Wikipedia: Changeling; and an exposition of related legends at Changelings - An Essay by D. L. Ashliman; and Ibsen's Peer Gynt is available on-line: Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen (1875), (Archive).

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