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Title QuotedMabinogion
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/10/10
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QuotationWhat is being talked about in the Mabinogion is more like Homer than Keats or Hugo, and therefore it is Romantic in a very different sense from Endymion. It has a sense of desolation, but desolation like that of the Old Testament prophets. It is the Religious desolation of real myth, and experience, and not the sentimental desolation of a fake myth and a vicarious experience-which is all the regular romantics, mostly, achieved.
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 435
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