And although I wasn’t losing my mind
It was a chorus so sublime
But the room is so quiet
Plato, The Republic
literature meme | genres 1/3
Tragedy is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes in its audience an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in the viewing. While many cultures have developed forms that provoke this paradoxical response, the term tragedy often refers to a specific tradition of drama that has played a unique and important role historically in the self-definition of Western civilization. That tradition has been multiple and discontinuous, yet the term has often been used to invoke a powerful effect of cultural identity and historical continuity.
From its obscure origins in the theatre of ancient Greece 2,500 years ago, from which there survives only a fraction of the work of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, through its singular articulations in the works of Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, Racine, and Schiller, to the more recent naturalistic tragedy of Strindberg,Beckett’s modernist meditations on death, loss and suffering, and Müller’s postmodernist reworkings of the tragic canon, tragedy has remained an important site of cultural experimentation, negotiation, struggle, and change.
An embroidered and cutworked leather bodice with strass crystal and metal, from the spring/summer 2012 Atelier Versace collection
i suppose at one time in my life i might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. this is the only story i will ever be able to tell.
Allie A has gone away.