Darkness and Romance:A Listing/Discussion of my Favorite Reads (Top Five)

1.) The Bible.
Why the Bible? Is it simply because of my beliefs? No, that’s not the only reason why. It’s the enticing figures of speech combined with the phenomenal tales, tragedies and romance. The Bible is arguably one of the most referenced books with its 66 books all in one, featuring at least forty various authors. Its meaning and significance is profound and complex. Anyone who loves Literature will indeed agree that The Bible is an inconceivable collation of odes and prose.
2.) Les Paradis Artificiels.
Written by Charles Baudelaire, Les Paradis Artificiels makes us wonder: are all Utopias unnatural, spurious, feigned….factitious? Charles pulls us in to see through eyes not our own and to experience the state of being under the influence of opium/hash..If you have not read this, I advise you to do so.

3.)Confessions.

Written by De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater would be considered fairly similar to Les Paradis Artificiels, and in fact it was actually translated by the one and only Charles Baudelaire. Thomas De Quincy himself was quite an interesting man. He was born in 1785 in Manchester, and his father died when Thomas was seven years old. In the beginning of the book he shares a word with his readers. Here is an excerpt:

From the Author to the Reader

I here present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period of my life; according to my application of it, I trust that it will prove, not merely an interesting record, but, in a considerable degree, useful and instructive. In that hope it is that I have drawn it up; and that must be my apology for breaking through that delicate and honorable reserve, which, for the most part, restrains us from the public exposure of our own errors and infirmities. Nothing, indeed, is more revolting to English feelings, than the spectacle of a human being obtruding on our notice his moral ulcers, or scars, and tearing away that “decent drapery” which time, or indulgence to human frailty, may have drawn over them: accordingly, the greater part of our confessions (that is, spontaneous and extra-judicial confessions) proceed from demireps, adventurers, or swindlers; and for any such acts of gratuitous self-humiliation from those who can be supposed in sympathy with the decent and self-respecting part of society, we must look to French literature, or to that part of the German which is tainted with the spurious and defective sensibility of the French. All this I feel so forcibly, and so nervously am I alive to reproach of this tendency, that I have for many months hesitated about the propriety of allowing this, or any part of my narrative, to come before the public eye, until after my death (when, for many reasons, the whole will be published): and it is not without an anxious review of the reasons for and against this step, that I have, at last, concluded on taking it.

Guilt and misery shrink, by a natural instinct, from public notice: they court privacy and solitude; and, even in the choice of grave, will sometimes sequester themselves from the general population of the church-yard, as if declining to claim fellowship with the great family of man, and wishing (in the affecting language of Mr. Wordsworth)

—- Humbly to express
A penitential loneliness.

4.) Le Capitaine Fracasse.

Le Capitaine Fracesse was written by Gautier. It was originally intended to be published in 1836, yet it was not released to the public until 1863. Theophile Gautier’s novel Le Capitaine Fracasse has enjoyed great popularity, mostly in France, and it is available for reading online here:

http://books.google.com/books?id=hoUtAAAAMAAJ&dq=Gautier+Le+Capitaine+Fracasse&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=kzghiei6s5&sig=W-PaDW1m8ZPHfj5VnmaG2RuCuLg&hl=en&ei=ErgdS5XtOM60tgfA2YGeCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBMQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=&f=false

5.)The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

William Blake was an ominous romanticist/transcendentalist who really did not inherit much notice while he was alive.  He was an English poet and printmaker. This particular book is actually part of a series of texts that xerox biblical books of revelation. Blake’s profoundly intimate Romantic and radical credos are conveyed on every page, and this is perhaps why The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is considered one of his most labyrinthine oeuvres. It was written between 1790-1793.

Topic is open for discussion.

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~ by Daylilypetals on 12/08/2009.

2 Responses to “Darkness and Romance:A Listing/Discussion of my Favorite Reads (Top Five)”

  1. William Blake! An excellent choice! More people should be familiar with him, and the English Romantic Era (IMHO).

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