Monthly Archives: October 2013

Other Loves

“Beyond those flying feet of fluttered doves/are there not other Gods for other loves?” (Anactoria, line 101). These lines from Anactoria reminded me of our discussions Tuesday on the nature of Swinburne’s poems and the central question we kept coming … Continue reading

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Devouring/Destroying the Object

Closing with the lines “I seal myself upon thee with my might,/Abiding alway out of all men’s sight/Until God loosen over sea and land/The thunder of the trumpets of the night,” Swinburne’s Laus Veneris leaves the reader with the eerie image of haunting … Continue reading

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Gender and Masochism

Freud’s “The Economic Theory of Masochism” defines three conditions of masochism: that of a “condition posed on sexual excitation,” “an expression of the feminine nature,” and “as a norm of behaviour.” It is the second condition that I find particularly … Continue reading

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Is Pain the Cause or the Effect?

According to Deleuze, masochism and sadism aren’t really about pain at all; pain is merely the side effect of their desexualization process. Repetition, though usually a experienced in a way that relates to pleasure (either through anticipation or through the … Continue reading

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Types of Masochism

In “The Economic Problem of Masochism,” Sigmund Freud presents masochism in three different ways.  He explains this concept as being either erotogenic, feminine, or moral.  The first type of masochism is the most basic in associating pleasure with pain, and … Continue reading

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The violence is redeemable

Swinburne’s ‘Anactoria’ is beautiful!!! I want to look at how this particular poem presents sex and violence absolutely unashamedly. We spoke about the seemingly contrasting nature of violence and love, but I propose that this poem is an example of … Continue reading

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the Pierian flower

“The high Pierian flower whose graf outgrows/ All summer kinship of the mortal rose” (195-196) Though this week’s readings certainly inspire us to explore the shocking and masochist elements of Swinburne’s poetry, I chose to look into a less scandalous … Continue reading

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Death as a Response to Love

The poem “Satia Te Sanguine” sounds like it might be the poem based on the first line, but the fact that the title is latin for “Satisfy Your Blood”, the poem also sounds quite morbid. This title could be romantic, … Continue reading

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Orgasm Turns Sex Into A Moral Digression

I really liked Freud’s article on masochism. In conjunction with Swinburne’s poem Laus Veneris, it brings up interesting questions on the relationship between sex and death, between pleasure and pain. Freud starts off by saying that pain as a form … Continue reading

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Just A Dream?

Reading this week’s Swinburne poetry and the opinions of both Freud and DeLeuze have been eye-opening to say the least. I have zero background in reading anything of this nature and analysis that’s so abstract on something I don’t really … Continue reading

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