Freitag, 9. Dezember 2011


'To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.' (Novalis)

1 Kommentar:

v. Braun. hat gesagt…

I found that quote on wikipedia and since I am no native speaker of the English language I felt no urgency or need to improve on the insufficient translation. Here is the original:

"Indem ich dem Gemeinen einen hohen Sinn, dem Gewöhnlichen ein geheimnisvolles Ansehen, dem Bekannten die Würde des Unbekannten, dem Endlichen einen unendlichen Schein gebe, so romantisiere ich es."

Slightly more elegant and refined, wouldn't you say?

Romanticism both in its narrower cultural-historical sense denoting a certain period in the earlier 19th century and as a trans-temporal mindset of certain individuals actually conforms with my Dionysian taste quite a bit.

The Romantic spirit is in fact protean, musical, tempting and a-ttempting, it is enamoured of the remote future and the past, of surprises embedded within quotidian, everyday existence, extremes, the unconscious, dream, madness, the labyrinths of reflexion. It dwells in itself, is mutable and contradictory, yearning and cynical, infatuated with the incomprehensible and folkloristic, ironic and quixotic, narcissistic and sociable, heeding form and dissolving it.