Saturday, March 17, 2012

modernist, postmodernist


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"Sometimes I have seen what men have thought they saw!"
—Arthur Rimbaud, The Drunken Boat (1871)





"[I]t was even possible that none of what he thought had taken place, really had taken place, that he was dealing with an aberration of memory rather than of perception, that he never really had thought he had seen what he now thought he once did think he had seen, that his impression now that he once had thought so was merely the illusion of an illusion, and that he was only now imagining that he had ever once imagined seeing a naked man sitting in a tree at the cemetery." —Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961)


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1 comment:

Tyler said...

& modernist, postmodernist (I hesitate adding this for fear of warping the above, but...)

"April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain."

—T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)

"April had been the best month of all for Milo. Lilacs bloomed in April and fruit ripened on the vine. Heartbeats quickened and old appetites were renewed. In April a livelier iris gleamed upon the burnished dove. April was spring, and in the spring Milo Minderbinder's fancy had lightly turned to thoughts of tangerines."

—Joseph Heller, Catch-22