I died for beauty (Emily Dickinson)

Nebel, Tannen, Waldweg, Schnee, Winter, DüsterkeitI died for Beauty – but was scarce
Adjusted in the Tomb
When One who died for Truth, was lain
In an adjoining Room –

He questioned softly “Why I failed”?
“For Beauty”, I replied –
“And I – for Truth – Themself are One –
We Brethren are”, He said –

And so, as Kinsmen, met a Night —
We talked between the Rooms –
Until the Moss had reached our lips –
And covered up – Our names –

[Emily Dickinson]

“The poem weighs idealism against the stark reality of death, emphasizing that death is far more permanent than the ideals people die for.” (LitCharts.com)

the soundtrack of our own failings

“Behind the melancholia there always lies more sorrow than tragedy, more truth than drama. That’s why Goth is the very essence of dignity. (…)

Goth is about those moments of reflection we all have – that nostalgia borne of emotion, the soundtrack of our own failings.”

  Mercer, Mick: Hex Files: the goth bible, Kindle 2021 (first publ. 1993)

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