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Leonard Cohen, requiescat in pace

11 November 2016

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Leonard Cohen, the singer, songwriter, poet, died yesterday. May his soul with the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  This below is an excerpt from an article in LifeSiteNews.

“Leonard Cohen, the 82-year-old poet, novelist, and songwriter born in Quebec and a wanderer ever since then, has long fascinated those who have attempted to categorize him. His religious journey has zig-zagged from West to East and left him with the vague mysticism favored by many of the artists of his generation. He’s never gone truly mainstream because he’s not a rock star, although he did dabble in drug culture. His treatment of religion and sexuality has always been troublesome, as he seems to simultaneously treat sexual intimacy as something sacred while excusing himself for his own “love them and leave them” approach. But where Leonard Cohen is truly fascinating is the social commentary woven through his poems, especially on an issue so controversial many refuse to touch it: abortion.

For all his many faults, Cohen is nothing if not unblinking. His work shows a clear and progressively growing disillusionment with our throwaway culture’s crude approach to everything good and beautiful, and his words often smolder with contempt. In “Stories from the Street,” he described the bankruptcy of the Sexual Revolution and its infantilizing effect on those who revelled in it:

‘The age of lust is giving birth, and both the parents ask
the nurse to tell them fairy tales on both sides of the glass.
And now the infant with his cord is hauled in like a kite,
and one eye filled with blueprints, one eye filled with night.'”

You can read the whole article here.

 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 November 2016 1:46 am

    He was not a writer of selfie songs,
    He wrote for the individual,
    But not himself, and with depth,
    So, to the roster of great artists
    He truly belongs.

  2. 12 November 2016 1:48 am

    Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    His voice lives, listen to it.

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