Sehnsucht

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John Cleese and the Sehnsucht in music and art


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I do believe John Cleese has felt the Sehnsucht. When asked by Margaret Throsby of ABC Classic FM why Mascagni’s Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana made him cry he says “it’s almost as though there’s a promise of something better”. Then I love it when he says ‘the definition of great art for me isn’t

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Human life’s mystery


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Yesterday I went to Berrima for the day with a friend, to catch up with other friends from Sydney, and found this lovely volume in Berkelouw’s book barn. There are poems within it I’ve never before read, which is always a delight from a poet one appreciates. I like this one below. I have added

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This world is not conclusion


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One of my Japanese Maples doing Autumn, in the rain. I am not yet done with Emily Dickinson. Here is another poem of hers I like. THIS WORLD IS NOT CONCLUSION ~By Emily Dickinson This World is not Conclusion. A Species stands beyond – Invisible, as Music – But positive, as Sound – It beckons,

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On too much gift and longing


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My back step in spring time. A photo posted by Alison Payne (@thisfoggyday) on Oct 31, 2015 at 7:45pm PDT I recently read Death by Living, by ND Wilson, again on the bus. There is in it a little section about the yearning felt by Solomon, which is a curious spin on my fascination with

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Augustine on loving God and beauty


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I am benefitting a great deal from Tim Keller’s book on Prayer (though now to sit down and implement it), and I have appreciated much of the material he quotes from John Calvin, Augustine, Luther, John Owen. But here are two quotes from Augustine on what it means to love God (it’s sometimes so hard

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