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Katie Lanzer, "Yoga and Piano: Learning to Unify Musical Intentions with Easeful Actions," American Music Teacher, June/July 2009.
While Autumn Journal exemplified the apparently easeful way in which he fused the personal and the communal in a poetics of social awareness and commitment, the failure of Autumn Sequel indicated a loss of adequate style.
Yet these memories are an ahistorical fantasy, mirages of some earlier, more easeful time when the anxieties engendered by the market economy and globalization did not exist.
Presence and company, alongside absence and solitude, and easeful range of reference are coming together here in Baxter's distinct articulation, but this is itself an expression of 'shared' solitude: the paradox emphasises both the solitariness of the poet (like Wordsworth looking on the Highland girl) and the community of others--friends, but also family, tribal, national, or simply human characters of all kinds, from rabbiters to poets.
So, in this immensity my thoughts all drown; and it's easeful to be wrecked in seas like these.
is that my doctors, having been consulted beforehand and compensated for their time, guide me to an easeful death.
Half In Love With Easeful Death," published in the Tablet and in Life in 1947, was the non-fiction result of this visit.
Half in Love with Easeful Death': La comicidad de Marta lapiadosa, de Tirso.
The lyricism and delicacy of her language resonate with closures of joy and hope that have been hard-won by her acceptance of mortality and her embrace of immortality: "may my heart, sweet Lord, / receive you in pure joy / as the easeful moment when I die," she prays.
Given the irremediable desperation of his situation in Rome, it is no wonder that Keats might be more than "half in love with easeful Death.
It's something like a perfect death--if, that is, you live in a modern suburb, believe you were born centuries too late, and fatally identify with a historical chain of tragic goners: Shakespeare's black-garbed Hamlet; Goethe's suicidal Young Werther, who spawned a rash of copycat suicides after his sorrows were published in 1774; the tubercular Keats, who was "half in love with easeful Death.
Similarly, even in Ulysses' defiant phrase "not to yield," it is hard not to hear in the expansive infinitive the tranquilizing opposite of what Ulysses keeps asserting: the desire for oblivion of a mind half in love with easeful death.