Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Parting

Juliet said,

"Parting is such sweet sorrow"

A relationship has recently changed in ways I would not have wished. I find no sweetness in the sorrow.

Though the phrase evokes the emotional equivalent of many a bdsm encounter inextricably linking pleasure with pain.

The notes linked above say it better:
"Depending on how gripping you find the first balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet's parting may or may not be "such sweet sorrow." In any case, her phrase is an oxymoron, combining contradictory ideas of pleasure and pain. Parting is sorrowful because Juliet would prefer, like a mischievous youth ("wan-ton"), to snare her lover in twisted "gyves" (chains or fetters). Parting is pleasurable, presumably, because doing anything with Romeo is pleasurable. Note the latent sadomasochism of this exchange, and the almost wistful prophecy that Romeo will be killed with too much cherishing."

7 comments:

vixen said...

If there is any sweetness in sorrow then I certainly would love to find it, hope however is always there fuelling us to carry on. Nice blog.

Pygar said...

Thank you vixen - and for the link.

And hope?

"Hope" is the thing with feathers
That perches on the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops - at all -

- Emily Dickinson

Adrienne said...

parting is only sweet if...
if there is a returning...

Pygar said...

A returning adrienne?

Knowing there will be a returning can make the parting bearable. But if one does not know this?

xPx

trinity-pup said...

There is always hope dear Pygar... always hope.

t. x

Anonymous said...

I never wanted to cause you pain. I never wanted to hurt you. Love sometimes cannot overcome grief or distance. And I still love you.

~willow~

Pygar said...

Thank you Willow.

I know.

Why do we always hurt the ones we love ... ?

Pygar xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx