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Urn Burial #2020

Urn Burial Urn Burial one of the most influential essays in Western literature is now available as a New Directions Pearl Hydriotaphia or Urn Burial is one of the pinnacles of Renaissance scholarship and wit

  • Title: Urn Burial
  • Author: Thomas Browne W.G. Sebald
  • ISBN: 9780811221542
  • Page: 352
  • Format: ebook
  • Urn Burial By Thomas Browne W.G. Sebald, Urn Burial, one of the most influential essays in Western literature, is now available as a New Directions Pearl Hydriotaphia, or Urn Burial, is one of the pinnacles of Renaissance scholarship and without doubt one of the great essays in English literature Beginning with observations on the recent discovery of Roman antiquities in the form of burial urns, Browne s associUrn Burial, one of the most influential essays in Western literature, is now available as a New Directions Pearl Hydriotaphia, or Urn Burial, is one of the pinnacles of Renaissance scholarship and without doubt one of the great essays in English literature Beginning with observations on the recent discovery of Roman antiquities in the form of burial urns, Browne s associative mind wanders to elephant graveyards, to pre Christian cremation ceremonies, and finally to the idea of Christian burial Browne then explores, with a melancholic meditation, man s struggles with mortality and the uncertainty of his fate and fame in the living world This edition includes a magisterial discourse on Sir Thomas Browne taken from the first chapter of W G Sebald s The Rings of Saturn.

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    1. This was the book that got me hooked on Sir Thomas Browne I bought it at random in 2007 in Bluewater, and sat in the food court waiting for my girlfriend to finish shopping, and I vividly remember how stunned with pleasure I was from reading the following sentence Some being of the opinion of Thales, that water was the originall of all things, thought it most equall to submit unto the principle of putrefaction, and conclude in a moist relentment.I repeated it excitedly to Hannah and her friend w [...]

    2. Best free online version to be found, printed and read here luminarium renascence Of course, one could also simply purchase his complete workshint hintHe is, as Mr Gass has pointed out, one of the true high points of English prose And, on top of that, this text itself is fascinating and, in many ways, deeply moving in its analysis He shows us what this rude, crude and battered language was once capable of And, simply to share and wallow in beauty, there is this Oblivion is not to be hired The gr [...]

    3. This little book does double duty first, it gives me a pocket sized bit of Browne to carry around should I ever need to ponder death, fame, legacy and salvation Of this I have little to say, except that it s just as good as people say stylistically, and a bit better than they say in content i.e this is not teenage nihilism , unless you re the kind of person who assumes that if a good writer disagrees with you, s he is obviously being ironic Second, it gave me a tiny bit of Sebald at the start I [...]

    4. I am still stunned after having read this magnificent essay It begins slowly as a scholarly discussion of funeral customs of the ancients and, in its culminating chapter, is as profound as Ecclesiastes in denouncing the vanity of wanting to leave behind towering monuments to our former selves Never in all my days of reading have I seen such deep scholarship wedded to such humility and an overwhelming sense of goodness Pious spirits who passed their days in raptures of futurity, made little of t [...]

    5. I wonder why we modernize Shakespeare s spelling, and Marlowe s and Ben Jonson s, and the King James Bible s spelling too, but always leave Thomas Browne s intact Reading Browne as is, we hold him at a distance from ourselves he s like us in his concerns and interests, maybe, but we want the reminder of his antiquity In Urne Buriall, Browne has a 100 page long Yorick I knew thee moment inspired by the recovery of old burial urns, possibly Roman era, dug up in a field After a catalog of ancient a [...]

    6. I first heard of Browne in Borges as so often in the ending of Tl n, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius where the narrator is attempting to translate it into Spanish Borges is always interested in translation see for example his fantastic essay on translating the 1001 Nights and I made a note to look up this work which presented such challenges for rendering into Spanish The actual edition I used was James Eason s online edition Urn Burial is hugely archaic, but also amazing I am not sure where I have last se [...]

    7. The ultimate treatise on urns fire burials and what people practised it This books was recommended to me by a close friend you also have to look for the excellent portrait of Sir Thomas with his eyes directly looking at you Incredibly good prose with lots of references to Roman writers like Tibullus You can t put this little book down once you start reading It s a grim subject but the ultimate book on urn burials believe me Absolutely recommended

    8. An interesting treatise on burial from the mid 1600 s The author is obviously affected by finding roman burial urns in europe Within these urns are personal objects I believe the author was excited to find and touch historical artifacts of those that came before The short work also includes different approaches to burial.

    9. What Song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, though puzling Questions are not beyond all conjecture.

    10. beautiful prose that addresses a theme as poignant now as it always has been the mortality of mankind, the inevitability of death and oblivion, and the ways we humans have tried to deal with thatways touching to see someone so long ago writing about the same stuff we care about today it reaffirms our shared humanity.

    11. A small fire sufficeth for life, great flames seemed too little after death, while men vainly affected precious pyres, and to burn like Sardanapalus but the wisedom of funerall Laws found the folly of prodigall blazes, and reduced undoing fires unto the rule of sober obsequies, wherein few could be so mean as not to provide wood, pitch, a mourner, and an Urne.

    12. Dwelling into the learnt mind of Doctor Browne the 17th century Euro impression of cultures of antiquitydeath rituals

    13. Some being of the opinion of Thales, that water was the original of all things, thought it most equal1 to submit unto the principle of putrefaction, and conclude in a moist relentment But the common form with necks was a proper figure, making our last bed like our first nor much unlike the urns of our nativity while we lay in the nether part of the earth, and inward vault of our microcosm In the Jewish hypog um and subterranean cell at Rome, was little observable beside the variety of lamps and [...]

    14. So death burial is the topic at hand in this essay but the writing is so good and infused with historical facts that it makes for an interesting read Thomas Browne presents an analysis on how this habit of burning ones dead based on the customs of various European nations But he uses this kind of prose To be ignorant of evils to come, and forgetful of evils past, is a merciful provision in nature, whereby we digest the mixture of our few and evil days, and, our delivered senses not relapsing int [...]

    15. Definitely some of the best prose in the English language The first four chapters, which reflect on recently discovered burial urns and the funerary customs of the ancients, are really nice, but the fifth chapter is absolutely sublime I disagree with Browne s opinion that ancient ways of wishing to be remembered in history are pagan vain glories, but the language is too artful to even care about his philosophical positions He did not write this to be a philosophical work, but rather as a baroque [...]

    16. I borrowed a copy of this from a friend who got a year s subscription to New Directions Pearls He loaned it to me because he received a few others that looked exciting to him I hadn t heard of Sir Thomas Browne before, so I had no way of knowing how rich, rewarding, and unprecedented this essay would be.Browne uses the discovery of several urns in a field to muse about the entire history of human burial rites before moving to deep and profound observations about human vanity and mortality.

    17. Penguin screw up big time Still severing the 2 Discourses of 1658 from each other against the author s intentions.The usual random and arbitary selection and taster Golden opportunity to publish the entire 1658 diptych Discourses of 1658 lost When a paper back edition of Urn Burial and The Garden of Cyrus occurs it will be a first in 350 years Still the easiest access paperback but might as well purchase the vastly informative major works Penguin 77 with C.A.Patrides useful introduction and bib [...]

    18. Supremely ironic with the WG Sebald extract to front it No one knows where their bones will lie, and then Browne s skull is dug up, put in a museum, lost and found A melancholy reflection from one of the first dilettante archeologists about death and ritual, in the end a profound investigation into the human condition and mortality.

    19. It s a struggle, but worth reading for some beautiful lines One classic But who knows the fate of his bones, or how often he is to be buried Who hath the Oracle of his ashes, or whether they are to be scattered

    20. An interesting read, certainly for anyone also reading Sebald Though, the non modern spellings slowed me down quite a bit We modernise Shakespeare, why not Browne as well

    21. Thomas Browne s examination of ancient burial ritual, mortality and natural history is absolutely fascinating I was especially taken by the section dealing with the navels of Adam and Eve.

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