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Time, Forward!

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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2011, 09:14:33 am »

From History magazine's article about Wagner called Wagner and Mathilde.

It is happy confluence of Schopenhauer's inspiration, together with Wagner's erotically charged relationship withMathilde Wesendonck, that eventually led him to Tristanand isolde. For Schopenhauer the sexual act further inflames the passion ,producing moredesire and moresuffering, therby enmeshing the subject in theillusion of particularity. Wagner had created for himself a tense bitter-sweet situation, where thepresence ofthe desired continually inflamed him, yet the bringing of this desire to its climax had to be continuously deferred inthe fashion of Buddhist renunciation.

Isolde(Mathilde Wesendonck) is bequeathed to King Mark (otto Wesendonck) but instead loves Tristan(Wagner).Teh lovers, Tristan andIsolde (Wagner and Mathilde) attempt to achieve nirvana or redemption by feeling the world of day and entering permanently into the world of night.

The philosopher  ROger Scruton recently pointed out that Isolde's final words are inspired by the ancient Indian philosophical works, the Upanishads.

Different time and different take on the same idea I suppose.
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