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Yesterday was the death anniversary of Herman Melville (1st August 1, 1819 – 28th September, 1891) best known for his novel Moby-Dick. Sadly, his contribution to the world of literature went unnoticed and unappreciated during his lifetime. It is only after 1919 when a manuscript of his novella was discovered by his first biographer Raymond Weaver and later was published as Billy Budd, Sailor (1924) that he started gaining recognition. The following poem penned by Herman Melville describes his love – hate relationship with his muse Art.
In placid hours well–pleased we dream
Of many a brave unbodied scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate:
A flame to melt—a wind to freeze;
Sad patience—joyous energies;
Humility—yet pride and scorn;
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity—reverence. These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob’s mystic heart,
To wrestle with the angel—Art.
Boy with Flute by Benedetto Luti (17th November, 1666 – 17th June, 1724)
- Real adventure that inspired Moby-Dick lures film directors (theguardian.com)
- Glyndebourne 2013: Billy Budd – ‘I was lost on the infinite sea’ (theguardian.com)
- Herman Melville, great American reader (salon.com)