Brits and canadians always have the AUDACITY to say some shit like “wow america is so trash i’m glad i’m not there” like please read a history book
ok but sorry do our policemen shoot unarmed youth ?? do we have frequent school…
Women of Romanticism [8/10] – Joanna Baillie (1762-1851)
Joanna Baillie was a poet, dramatist, and dramatic theorist in terms of developing arguments for the emotional aesthetic of tragedy (and for the gothic movement). She held literary society meetings in her home and contributed large portions of her salary to charity. She was well regarded by literary greats on both sides of the Atlantic.
Fun fact: Lord Byron was quite a fan of Baillie, though his compliments of her are also so very Byron (and quite sexist).
He reveals this in two letters:
- “Women (save Joanna Baillie) cannot write tragedy. They haven’t the experience of life for it” (1815).
- “When Voltaire was asked why no woman has ever written even a tolerable tragedy, ‘Ah (said the Patriarch) the composition of a tragedy requires testicles.’ If this be true, Lord knows what Joanna Baillie does—I suppose she borrows them” (1817).
1790 • Baillie’s first publication: Poems: Wherein it is Attempted to Describe Certain Views of Nature and of Rustic Manners. Baillie later revised a selection of these early poems which were reprinted in her Fugitive Verses (1840).
1821 • Metrical Legends of Exalted Characters, which told in verse the heroic stories of such historical figures as William Wallace, Christopher Columbus, and Lady Grizel Baillie.
1836 • three volumes of Dramatic Poetry.
1840 • encouraged by her old friend the banker poet Samuel Rogers, Baillie issued a new collection, Fugitive Verses, some of which were old and some recently written.
1849 • Baillie published the poem Ahalya Baee for private circulation [subsequently published as Allahabad (1904)].
1798 • the first volume of Plays on the Passions published anonymously under the title of A Series of Plays.
1802 • second volume of Plays on the Passions published under Joanna Baillie’s name, with a preface which acknowledged the reception given to volume one: ‘praise mixed with a considerable portion of censure’. Volume 2 consisted of The Election, a comedy on hatred, Ethwald, a tragedy in two parts on ambition, and The Second Marriage, a comedy on ambition. Baillie herself was of the opinion that these plays, especially Ethwald, exemplified her best writing.
1804 • published a volume entitled Miscellaneous Plays: the tragedies Rayner and Constantine Paleologus, and a comedy, The Country Inn.
1810 • the Scottish-themed Family Legend, produced at Edinburgh under the enthusiastic patronage of Sir Walter Scott, had a brief though brilliant success. It included a prologue by Scott and an epilogue by Henry Mackenzie.
1812 • third and final volume of Plays on the Passions published. It consisted of two gothic tragedies, Orra and The Dream, a comedy, The Siege, and a serious musical drama, The Beacon.
1821 • De Monfort produced at Drury Lane, London, with Edmund Kean in the title role.
1836 • three volumes of Miscellaneous Plays published.
“But woman’s grief is like a summer storm,
Short as it violent is.” – Joanna Baillie
During the 1970s and ’80s there was an enormous split in Germany between the generations, and there was an enormous amount of intergenerational hatred, and far-Left terrorism grew out of that: a rebellion against everything German, a rebellion against everything that had gone before, a destruction and a hostility towards everything that was prior. You had very great oddities, though because some of these revolutionary Left groups ended up fighting against Israel with the Palestinians: fanatically anti-Zionist but would kill anyone for a scintilla of what they deemed anti-Semitism. So you get these strange combinations as you always do within a crucible of history.
But nevertheless, the extraordinary damage psychologically and sort of intestinally, that was done to modern Germany by the self-hatred and loathing that has been institutionalized there as a result of the discourse of the Shoah, is incalculable.
The Jewish-American novelist Norman Mailer said that the real victims of the Second World War were the Germans. A revolutionary statement, and in many ways a truthful one. What he means by that is that the people have been partly spiritually destroyed, morally destroyed.
Because before you take a structure down, you take it down spiritually and morally and in terms of its ethical sense of itself. You take down that which is above the top consciousness of the rational mind. You take down that which leads to a morally efficacious sense of self. If you grew up believing that you’re descended from murderers and your nationality is worthless, and the most extreme form that your nationality took has no value—and even the communist states have an element of that—you will end up with a self-loathing population as Benoist has described it, which characterizes a large number of Western individuals at the present time.
It’s a sort of moral and psychological form of cancer.
You aren’t helping Pakistanis by making people feel guilty into having solidarity with us. If you only care about Pakistan because you cared about “Palestine, Ferguson, and Syria” (as I’ve seen many of you post on here) and Pakistan is just another issue to be added to that “solidarity” you need a serious wake up call.
Blixa Bargeld - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
…Someday I wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemondrops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow
And the dreams that you dare to
Oh why oh why can’t I …