Based on events in the life of poet, thinker & writer, Gerard de Nerval 1808 – 1855. He was reputed to have walked his ‘pet’ lobster, Thibault, in public, maintaining it made as much sense to walk a lobster as any other beast, and that lobsters were ‘peaceful, serious creatures’.
Unexpectedly I found an article on page 6 in the January 5th, 1925 edition of the ‘Star (Christchurch), ISSUE 17428 describing in brief his life & passing
who drank to
in its fire
awash in dreams
land to language,
paid not a
then so afeared
the cup their
in hand you
off the stage
as a violin
in a hat
on your head,
of that lane
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* The object of Gerard’s passion, or obsession, chose another to marry
* His attempts to write for the theatre failed
* His body was found with hat still on his head, having hanged himself with a length of ‘apron string’. He had apparently being carrying it with him for days in advance, taking it out to show friends and describing it as ‘the garter of the Queen of Sheba’
The music accompanying the reading is from a recording by Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński of ‘Vedrò con mio diletto’, the aria of the character Anastasio in the opera ‘Giustino’ by Antonio Vivaldi.
2 thoughts on “violin case”
Ah, the tragedy and surrealities of a life! love the line about the the mind a compass in your hand.
Thanks, Dean. Yes, that’s very succinct, the ‘tragedy and surrealities’ of any life!