Sunday, April 25, 2010

"Grief is the price we pay for love."

The Queen said that, and for that, I feel that it is an ever-so-romantic quote! I love the Queen, most likely because a) I am not English; b) she has a posh British accent; and c) she looks like my Nanna. I can't remember where I initially found this quote but it has got me a-thinking. Grief and love are two of the strongest emotions a person can feel and everyone would have experienced both at some point in their lives. So does this make them easier or harder to depict in art and literature? I just know that when it is done well, the impact is phenomenal!! Here are my favourite depictions of grief and love. What are yours?


Grief: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


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"Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you - haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe - I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"
'Wuthering Heights' is my FAVOURITE book. Really seriously absolutely my favourite. I even have an 1858 edition of it. Bliss!! So of course my choice for Best Grief (at the macabre Oscars here at Once, Oh Marvellous Once) would come from there. I chose this passage mainly because it is the most widely known, not because it is necessarily my favourite bit. But doesn't it just portray grief in such a desperate heart-wrenching manner?


Love: Possession by A. S. Byatt


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I shall see you - as you were the moment before the madness - until the day I die. Your little face, with its pale candour, turned to me - and your hand out - in the watery sunshine, between the great trees. And I could have taken your hand - or not taken your hand - could I not? Either? But now only the one. Never have I felt such a concentration of my whole Being - on one object, in one place, at one time - a blessed eternity of momentariness that went on forever, it seemed. I felt you call me, though your voice said something different, something about the rainbow spectrum - but the whole of you, the depth of you called to me  and I had to answer - and not with words - this wordless call. Now is this only my madness? With you in my arms (I tremble as I remember it to write it) I was sure it was not.
I love 'Possession'. So many of my friends haven't made it through. I will admit that I was struggling a little at first as well and then I peeked forward and saw this letter from Randolph Henry Ash to Christabel Lamotte and I was hooked. Again, perhaps not the best passage from the whole book, but one that I just loved!!

5 comments:

Aimee said...

Yes, I am one of those who hasn't finished Possession.

But I am with you on Wuthering Heights - you just quoted the passage that IS actually my favourite <3

farmlanebooks said...

I didn't realise the Queen came up with such profound quotes!

I'm impressed you have a 1958 edition of Wuthering Heights. It is always lovely to be able to own such special books.

heidenkind said...

That's a very wise quote--and you're right, I think it's very romantic. When I read it I immediately thought of the King Arthur mythology, which I think pretty much embodies that concept.

Nymeth said...

Oh, now I want to read Possession all over again. I'm firmly in the loved it field!

cbsplaysdirty said...

Prince William is the AntiChrist metaphorically in the Occult world of the Royals. He was born on a high holiday -- summer solstice on june 21 1982 during a major celestial event. They chose this date for a reason. Please don't see him as a charming young man, he is NOT. It is not that he will sprout horns or a tail, it is all symbollic. But he is their chosen leader.