Thursday, December 28, 2006

Three German Words

I learned three German Words (or rather concepts) yesterday. Actually I knew one of these before (the first one) but anyway here they are:

Weltschmerz
Schwarmerei
Welttrunkenheit

All from this essay by Cynthia Ozick. All of these are, she says, "Wagnerian emotions." Its a wonderful essay about how a German rabbi rescued her from romanticism. Lots of complicated things though.

3 comments:

Antonia said...

too drunk to say anything reasonable :)

Alok said...

you sound reasonable. don't worry. :)

Antonia said...

not so drunk anymore, but still can'tsay anything comprehensible.I don't understand this Ozick essay, having to be saved from romanticism employs a very srange notion of 1. rescuing & 2. romanticism....but these are just my 2 cent...