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by Steven
Tue May 10, 2005 6:38 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Cohen's "The genius"--- poem analysis
Replies: 51
Views: 30417

Eelaine, I didn't bring up objectivity and certainly Leonard Cohen's silence (in these two works) about the position of the persecutor is his poetic license. So, I don't understand your question: "Is this persecution?" Is it worthy to consider the internal state of the persecutor? A very wise man on...
by Steven
Tue May 10, 2005 2:01 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Cohen's "The genius"--- poem analysis
Replies: 51
Views: 30417

Re: Cohen's "The genius"--- poem analysis

Jen, Where a people (as in "The Genius") or a person (as in "I'm Your Man") is so emasculated as to allow others to define them or him/her, do they really "choose" what roles are assumed? The untold flip-side to both works, I'd think would be a portrayal of the sorry-assed state of affairs of the pe...
by Steven
Fri May 06, 2005 7:20 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: High Price Of Inspiration
Replies: 13
Views: 4323

Hi, How nice that where longing remains there is hope for personal transformation, beyond the state of depression or any other limiting situation. Just the capacity of longing, indicates a state of feeling, that can serve as a seed for further personal growth. Leonard Cohen had this to say of King D...
by Steven
Thu May 05, 2005 6:54 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: High Price Of Inspiration
Replies: 13
Views: 4323

Sandra, Thanks for referring me to the other thread. Being new to this forum, I hadn't seen it. I'm inclined to believe that it's the oulook of the poet that most significantly affects the degree to which sadness or happiness provides inspiration. Like the metaphorical mirror held by Suzanne in "Suz...
by Steven
Thu May 05, 2005 2:27 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: High Price Of Inspiration
Replies: 13
Views: 4323

Anna, Thanks for your reply. Your point that "when everything is okay," there is more likely to be a complacency is well taken. I'm not sure, though, if pleasant, rapturous moments aren't as capable of providing inspiration as their inverse. It would seem to require more presence and curiosity to gl...
by Steven
Tue May 03, 2005 6:30 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: High Price Of Inspiration
Replies: 13
Views: 4323

High Price Of Inspiration

Inspiration is wherever you find it. For Leonard Cohen, in large part, it has arisen from sadness and longing. Were he to not have experienced these states, we very well may have been bereft of some beautiful music. Those that admire his music reap the rewards of his difficulties; he's "paid the ren...

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