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Here again, the dream element seems to inoculate the poem against depersonalizing augustness.
As with The Thibaults, it does attain to a certain augustness, and its shored-up incompletion does indeed render it an unusual, if deeply frustrating, read; we feel, as the translators aptly suggest, like "an intruder peering into private papers.
The return of the first 40 bodies of the 295 passengers and crew of the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 -- that was shot down over Ukraine on July 17 -- to the Netherlands last week and the augustness the Dutch brought to that moment reinstates the faith of the world in the human ability to hold on to dignity and compassion in the face of escalating evil.