BELATED- definitions and thoughts

What a word! having just read Edith Wharton’s “Belated Souls” -evocative, rich, strongly political(on the ways women were trapped inside the society of the time’s prison of rules), deeply Hardyesque, in its sense of lovers being controlled in social circumstances beyond their power to influence… but it ends in possible happiness and escape from the social constriction.

Set me thinking on the word “belated”: besides the obvious meaning “late”(“belated birthday wishes”), it means:

obsolescent

old-fashioned( That could be lewis’s in its last 20 years, as it gradually but grandly faded)

But also(archaic useage): “overtaken by darkness or night”(as Lewis’s is NOW overtaken by its own death).

In connexion therewith, I MAY(if i can endure the poignancy)take some even more startlingly desuetudinous pictures of Lewis’s BEYOND its death-throes.

How serendipitous ’twas I read some of Toibin, AND Wharton’s short story in the same day; it dispersed the melancholy that was engulfing me

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Published by: decayetude

ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)

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