I was born with a stain. A mark. Like the mark of Cain. But is the mark of my father, my family. The mark of Borgia. - Cesare
literature meme ∙ 1 epic ∙ paradise lost by john milton
War, the traditional epic subject, did not suit his [Milton’s] poetic temperament or his exalted notions of moral heroism. Paradise Lost does include some fighting, but its main action is very simple: two people eat an apple in a garden. […]
Paradise Lost attains epic sublimity. The epic form gave Milton a licence to cover vast tracts of space and time. Spatially, the action ranges over the whole earth, throughout the universe, and beyond the universe to Heaven, Chaos, and Hell. […]
[But] Milton’s Hell is not without some splendour, and his Heaven is not touched by sullen dread. Hell’s flames cast ‘no light’ (i 63), but when the fallen angels rally their forces, ‘Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs / Of mighty Cherubim’ send forth a ‘sudden blaze’ that ‘Far round illumine Hell’ (i 664-6). If Hell has brief moments of brilliance, Heaven has long periods of gloom. (x)
art history meme | two of four art movements | rococo
The Rococo painters used delicate colours and curving forms, decorating their canvases with cherubs and myths of love. Portraiture was also popular among them. Some works show a sort of naughtiness or impurity in the behaviour of their subjects, showing the historical trend of departing away from the Baroque’s church/state orientation. Landscapes were pastoral and often depicted the leisurely outings of aristocratic couples.
I did nothing to you. I was innocent. All the accusations against me were false.