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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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Tragedy and Sacrifice

Tragedy and Sacrifice

(p.161) Six Tragedy and Sacrifice
Death-Devoted Heart


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This chapter argues that Wagner was one of the early inspirers of the new understanding of Greek tragedy and that the extent to which his own dramas were influenced by it, both in form and content, should be recognized. It is through reflecting on tragedy that we can best approach the mystery of Tristan und Isolde, a drama which proceeds toward death through every kind of mental, physical, and spiritual suffering, and which is yet one of the most consoling works of art to have been produced in modern times.

Keywords:   Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Greek tragedy

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