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Death-Devoted HeartSex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde$
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Roger Scruton

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195166910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.001.0001

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Wagner and Religion

Wagner and Religion

(p.3) One Wagner and Religion
Death-Devoted Heart


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This chapter begins with a discussion of the purpose of the book, which is to explore one of Wagner's majestic attempts to articulate the idea of redemption in artistic and dramatic form. It examines the origin of all such ideals in the peculiar metaphysical predicament of human beings when they come face to face with their incarnation and know themselves simultaneously as both determined and free. The chapter discusses Wagner's discovery of myth, his views toward religion, and his works generally.

Keywords:   Wagner, religion, redemption, myth

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