Poem written in response to JMW Turner’s The Shipwreck, found at the Tate Britain.
If you’ve ever been moved to tears by a piece of music, or stood in gaping awe at the edge of a cliff, or haunted by an painting, you will have touched the Romantic notion of the Sublime.
In 1757, Edmund Burke built on the 2nd century idea that the experience of the Sublime is to touch the Infinite, which is at once thrilling & terrifying. This took off in the imagination of poets, artists and musicians, like Shelley, Wordsworth, JMW Turner, William Blake, Beethoven, Schubert.
I was reminded this week of how powerfully music is able to transport: to a different place, time and state of being. Case in point: Ravel’s Tzizane. I am not a particular fan of violin music, but I love this piece and Itzhak Perlman’s rendition is Sublime!