Thursday, June 5, 2014
"Pantomimic transformation scenes"
Astral Weeks and its "placeness"—or, to put it less cleverly, how it exhibits such a strong sense of place ... This quote is from Belfast-born poet Louis MacNeice. It was lifted from a study of W.B. Yeats published in 1941 and remains one of my favorite observations regarding Ireland and its natural wonders: "An Irish landscape is capable of pantomimic transformation scenes; one moment it will be desolate, dead, unrelieved monotone, the next it will be an indescribably shifting pattern of prismatic light. The light effects of Ireland make other landscapes seem stodgy; on the other hand, few countries can produce anything more depressing than Ireland in her grey moments."