Empedocles on etna. Poem: Empedocles on Etna by Matthew Arnold 2018-12-21

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Hither and thither spins The wind-borne, mirroring soul, A thousand glimpses wins, And never sees a whole; Looks once, and drives elsewhere, and leaves its last employ. That needs no thanks: one is far better here Than in the broiling city in these heats. The out-spread world to span A cord the Gods first slung, And then the soul of man There, like a mirror, hung, And bade the winds through space impel the gusty toy. Despite his hijinks and possible madness, Empedocles was a serious and profound philosopher. What seeks on this mountain The glorified train? And thou, a boy whose tongue outruns his knowledge, And on whose lightness blame is thrown away.

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Matthew Arnold: Poems “From the Hymn of Empedocles” (1852) Summary and Analysis

empedocles on etna

— But they will gladly welcome him once more, And help him to unbend his too tense thought, And rid him of the presence of himself, And keep their friendly chatter at his ear, And haunt him, till the absence from himself, That other torment, grow unbearable; And he will fly to solitude again, And he will find its air too keen for him, And so change back; and many thousand times Be miserably bandied to and fro Like a sea-wave, betwixt the world and thee, Thou young, implacable God! At once our eyes grow clear! Oh that it brooded over the world like the air! I hear Their tinkling bells, mix’d with the song of birds, Rise faintly to me—now it stops! See how the giant spires of yellow bloom Of the sun-loving gentian, in the heat, Are shining on those naked slopes like flame! But I — The weary man, the banished citizen, Whose banishment is not his greatest ill, Whose weariness no energy can reach, And for whose hurt courage is not the cure — What should I do with life and living more? Of what is it told? Round which the sullen vapour rolls - alone! But no, this heart will glow no more; thou art A living man no more, Empedocles! A thousand times have I been here alone Or with the revellers from the mountain towns, But never on so fair a morn;—the sun Is shining on the brilliant mountain crests, And on the highest pines: but further down Here in the valley is in shade; the sward Is dark, and on the stream the mist still hangs; One sees one’s foot-prints crush’d in the wet grass, One’s breath curls in the air; and on these pines That climb from the stream’s edge, the long grey tufts. Empedocles would say so, did he deign; But he still lets the people, whom he scorns, Gape and cry wizard at him, if they list. Simple Pausanias, 'twas no miracle! The jars of men reach him not in thy valley— But can life reach him? Now let's examine a few fragments from Arnold's poem - mind thee, Arnold and many other analysts believe the human personality presents itself as fragmented, hence wants interpretation to be understood. On this charred, blackened, melancholy waste, Crowned by the awful peak, Etna's great mouth, Round which the sullen vapor rolls,—alone! We see, in blank dismay, Year posting after year, Sense after sense decay; Our shivering heart is mined by secret discontent; Yet still, in spite of truth, In spite of hopes entomb'd, That longing of our youth Burns ever unconsumed, Still hungrier for delight as delights grow more rare. In the Pythagorean or Orphic sense, he had become a purified or divine man; people flocked to him as if here were a god - he was a famous healer and miracle worker. What garments out-glistening The gold-flowered broom? Pausanias, he is changed of late; There is a settled trouble in his air Admits no momentary brightening now, And when he comes among his friends at feasts, 'Tis as an orphan among prosperous boys. But oh, Pausanias, he is changed of late! He loves thee, but he must not see thee now.


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The poetical works of Matthew Arnold/Empedocles on Etna

empedocles on etna

I dare not urge him further—he must go; But he is strangely wrought! Ere it flag, ere the mists Of despondency and gloom Rush over it again, Receive me! Where shall thy votary fly then:' back to men t But they will gladly welcome him once more, And help him to unbend his too tense thought, xlix g And rid him of the presence of himself, And keep their friendly chatter at his ear, And haunt him, till the absence from himself, That other torment, grow unbearable; And he will fly to solitude again, And he will find its air too keen for him, And so change back; and many thousand times Be miserably bandied to and fro Like a sea- wave, betwixt the world and thee, Thou young, implacable God! But heed him not, he will not mount to us; I spoke with him this morning. Among a people of children, Who throng’d me in their cities, Who worshipp’d me in their houses, And ask’d, not wisdom, But drugs to charm with, But spells to mutter— All the fool’s-armoury of magic! And we will struggle awhile, gasp and rebel - And we shall fly for refuge to past times, Their soul of unworn youth, their breath of greatness; And the reality will pluck us back, Knead us in its hot hand, and change our nature. Oh, that my heart bounded with the swell of the sea! Another version has him disappearing into the heavens - bright lights had been seen hovering in the night sky. Let us rest here; and now, Empedocles, Pantheia's history! Pester him not, in this his sombre mood, With questionings about an idle tale, But lead him through the lovely mountain paths, And keep his mind from preying on itself, And talk to him of things at hand and common, Not miracles! When we were young, when we could number friends In all the Italian cities like ourselves, When with elated hearts we joined your train, Ye Sun-born Virgins! Thou hast indeed a rare touch on thy harp; He loves that in thee, too; there was a time But that is past , he would have paid thy strain With music to have drawn the stars from heaven. But now, ye kindle Your lonely, cold-shining lights, Unwilling lingerers In the heavenly wilderness, For a younger, ignoble world; And renew, by necessity, Night after night your courses, In echoing, unneared silence, Above a race you know not— Uncaring and undelighted, Without friend and without home; Weary like us, though not Weary with our weariness.

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Empedocles on Etna. Act II. Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems. Matthew Arnold. 1909. The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840

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Therefore now Olympus stands, At his master’s piteous cries Pressing fast with both his hands His white garment to his eyes, Not to see Apollo’s scorn; Ah, poor Faun, poor Faun! I think, thou would’st not vex him. I am weary of solitude Where he who bears thee must abide - Of the rocks of Parnassus, Of the gorge of Delphi, Of the moonlit peaks, and the caves. Empedocles Introduction For those Presocratics who chose not to join the Eleatic camp, the new challenge was to reconcile Parmenides' rigorously argued rejection of change and multiplicity with the obviously changing and varied world of sense experience. Thou know’st of old he loved this harp of mine, When first he sojourn’d with Peisianax; He is now always moody, and I fear him. First hymn they the Father Of all things; and then The rest of immortals, The action of men. Either to-morrow or some other day, In the sure revolutions of the world, Good friend, I shall revisit Catana. He could stay swift diseases in old days, Chain madmen by the music of his lyre, Cleanse to sweet airs the breath of poisonous streams, And in the mountain-chinks inter the winds.


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Empedocles on Etna and Other Poems Quotes by Matthew Arnold

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Ere it flag, ere the mists Of despondency and gloom Rush over it again, Receive me, save me! Among a people of children, Who thronged me in their cities, Who worshipped me in their houses, And asked, not wisdom, But drugs to charm with, But spells to mutter All the fool's-armory of magic! But I would serve him, soothe him, if I could, Dared one but try. Each of the four elements and the two motive forces, then, are Parmenidean Reals. In addition to these, he postulated something called Love philia to explain the attraction of different forms of matter, and of something called Strife neikos to account for their separation. What will be forever, What was from of old. What sweet-breathing presence Out-perfumes the thyme? Doth thy fierce soul still deplore Thine ancient rout by the Cilician hills, And that curst treachery on the Mount of Gore? Are haunts meet for thee; But where Helicon breaks down In cliff to the sea,— Where the moon-silvered inlets Send far their light voice Up the still vale of Thisbe,— Oh, speed, and rejoice! On the sward at the cliff-top Lie strewn the white flocks: On the cliff-side the pigeons Roost deep in the rocks. Do thou Crouch in the brushwood till the mules have passed; Then play thy kind part well. I cannot deny myself the pleasure of saying that I reprint I cannot say republish, for it was withdrawn from circulation before fifty copies were sold this poem at the request of a man of genius, whom it had the honour and the good fortune to interest,—Mr.

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Empedocles on Etna : a dramatic poem (Book, 1900) [hometownfamilycare.com]

empedocles on etna

And the eagle, at the beck Of the appeasing, gracious harmony, Droops all his sheeny, brown, deep-feathered neck, Nesthng nearer to Jove's feet; While o'er his sovran eye The curtains of the blue films slowly meet. Pausanias is far hence, and that is well, For I must henceforth speak no more with man. The paranoid schizophrenic might retreat to the woods; but he is not happy there; he must mail carved wooden bombs back to corrupt civilization to teach it a lesson, that nuclear detonations are imminent. I ask’d him of Pantheia yesterday, When we were gather’d with Peisianax, And he made answer, I should come at night On Etna here, and be alone with him, And he would tell me, as his old, tried friend, Who still was faithful, what might profit me; That is, the secret of this miracle. Empedocles was also a mystic and a poet, and some consider him the inventor of the study of rhetoric.

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empedocles on etna

My soul glows to meet you. Here will I stay till the slow litter comes. With men thou canst not live, Their thoughts, their ways, their wishes, are not thine; And being lonely thou art miserable, For something has impair'd they spirit's strength, And dried its self-sufficing font of joy. The mules must be below, far down. But no, this hear will glow no more; thou art A living man no more, Empedocles! Is it but for a moment? We map the starry sky, We mine this earthen ball, We measure the sea-tides, we number the sea-sands; We scrutinise the dates Of long-past human things, The bounds of effaced states, The lines of deceased kings; We search out dead men's words, and works of dead men's hands; We shut our eyes, and muse How our own minds are made.

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And then we shall unwillingly return Back to this meadow of calamity, This uncongenial place, this human life; And in our individual human state Go through the sad probation all again, To see if we will poise our life at last, To see if we will now at last be true To our own only true, deep-buried selves, Being one with which we are one with the whole world; Or whether we will once more fall away Into some bondage of the flesh or mind, Some slough of sense, or some fantastic maze Forged by the imperious lonely thinking-power. Among these elements and forces there is no generation and destruction—hence, no change. I am weary of it. What garments out-glistening The gold-flower’d broom? Empedocles was the first to face this challenge, and he set the model for all later attempts, by arguing for the existence of certain basic substances of the universe in his case the four elements that have many of the key features of the Parmenidean Real. O Pan, How gracious is the mountain at this hour! That so often here Happiness mock'd our prayer, I think, might make us fear A like event elsewhere; Make us, not fly to dreams, but moderate desire.


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Empedocles on Etna and Other Poems by Matthew Arnold

empedocles on etna

Have you, too, survived yourselves? But I — The weary man, the banish'd citizen, Whose banishment is not his greatest ill, Whose weariness no energy can reach, And for whose hurt courage is not the cure — What should I do with life and living more { xl No, thou art come too late, Empedocles! There is a strong pastoral streak in the message that aligns with Arnold's other work, in that it posits the beauty of the sun, the spring, and our community as glorious. . Scratched by a fall, with moans As children of weak age Lend life to the dumb stones Whereon to vent their rage, And bend their little fists, and rate the senseless ground; xxvii So, loath to suffer mute, We, peopling the void air, Make Gods to whom to impute The ills we ought to bear; With God and Fate to rail at, suffering easily. Thou wast a kind child ever! He probably died soon thereafter in the Peloponese, though given his larger-than-life persona it is not surprising that more exciting stories of his death abound. But the Maenads, who were there, Left their friend, and with robes flowing In the wind, and loose dark hair O’er their polish’d bosoms blowing, Each her ribbon’d tambourine Flinging on the mountain sod, With a lovely frighten’d mien Came about the youthful God. Pausanias is far hence, and that is well, For I must henceforth speak no more with man ; He hath his lesson too, and that debt's paid; And the good, learned, friendly, quiet man, May bravelier front his life, and in himself Find henceforth energy and heart.

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