Human Anatomy in the Romantic Style

Posted by William Davies King on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

This post is--prepare yourself--post-Romantic, though not yet Decadent. "April is the cruellest month," says The Wasteland, but May is cruel, too, in a modern way. And December, in a post-modern. And cruel, too, all the months that put us in mind of mortality and work. Wandering lonely as a cloud is not consistent with getting anything done, and there are things to do, as deadlines make clear. Dead lines. 

So at night, when a DVD of a guttering candle might cast a virtually eerie light on our new furniture, I have been cutting life into art.

A book aimed at bringing that nightingale look to your well-decorated Southern California McMansion forms the base, and the superstructure comes from the history of human anatomy.

"My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains / My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk..."

That interior life, deep in the heart, inhabits these chambers.

Flayed humanity (idea for new Broadway musical = Forever Flayed?), it turns out, "walks in beauty."

She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
   Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
   Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
   How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
   So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
   But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
   A heart whose love is innocent!
Soon, a sequel, Human Anatomy in the Romantic Landscape--dissections along the Hudson River.



So glad I stopped by today!

This is just scrumptious. "Flense" is another fine word (for your post-Romantic delectation).


I have to say, I appreciate the picture that he "walks in beauty" very much!

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