Eight Extracts

Dillon’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa intricately uses eight pieces of text to tell it’s story on Wednesday 21 January. Dillon describes the extracts as holding the same themes of weeping, lamentation and eroticism.

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1. The original Latin text from the Stabat Mater Dolorosa;
(Full text can be found here.)

“Stabat mater dolorosa
juxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.”

“At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last.”
(approximate translation)

2. Julia Kristeva’s essay Hérétique de l’amour
Dillon describes how Kristeva’s essay plays “on a double meaning of heracy and eroticis. It’s a kind of radical reading of the Stabat Mater and the problems behind it, as well as the embedded politics to do with feminism.”

3. Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem Visions of Christ
Dillon says “There’s a kind of illusion to eroticism, this imagery around Mary Magdalene.”

4. A letter to Picasso from his Mother
Picasso’s Mother wrote to him from Barcelona that smoke from the burning city during the fighting made her eyes water in May 1937. It turns out the letter was fictional, made up by one of his biographers.

5. John Donne’s poem ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’
Full poem can be found here.

“As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say
The breath goes now, and some say, No:”

6. Quote from Joseph Mallord William Turner
“If I could find anything blacker than black, I’d use it.”

7. Quote from John Keats
“I want a brighter word than bright.”

8. Quote from Charles Baudelaire
“Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty.”

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