It's well printed and easy to read; it's 1,000 pages long, so it's bulky but not difficult to hold. A mad fill, an overabundance, literary profusion on the most extravagant scale. It crucifies their souls, withers their bodies, makes them hollow-eyed, pale, lean, and ghastly to behold, Cyprian, ser. Witness that Guelph and Ghibelline faction in Italy; that of the Adurni and Fregosi in Genoa; that of Cneius Papirius, and Quintus Fabius in Rome; Caesar and Pompey; Orleans and Burgundy in France; York and Lancaster in England: yea, this passion so ragethmany times, that it subverts not men only, and families, but even populous cities. The book is as prodigious as Shakespeare or Milton in striking ideas and writing, and I annotated nearly every one of my edition's 1,000 pages. On its surface, the book is a medical textbook in which Burton applies his large and varied learning in the scholastic manner to the subject of melancholia which includes what is now termed clinical depression. Works in translation from the period are rendered into more modern forms of English.
Some few discreet men there are, that can govern themselves, and curb in these inordinate affections, by religion, philosophy, and such divine precepts, of meekness, patience, and the like; but most part for want of government, out of indiscretion, ignorance, they suffer themselves wholly to be led by sense, and are so far from repressing rebellious inclinations, that they give all encouragement unto them, leaving the reins, and using all provocations to further them: bad by nature, worse by art, discipline, custom, education, and a perverse will of their own, they follow on, wheresoever their unbridled affections will transport them, and do more out of custom, self-will, than out of reason. Through this plethora of references on the human condition, as well as Burton's alternately serious and satirical tone, 'The Anatomy of Melancholy' eloquently portrays the whole of human knowledge up to its day in a charming and imaginative way that will allow this work to endure as a classic of the English language. Let not any one suppose that it is here intended to detract from those many exemplary men of which the Church of England may boast, learned, eminent, and of spotless fame, for they are more numerous in that than in any other church of Europe: nor from those most learned universities which constantly send forth men endued with every form of virtue. The history of Europe in your lap. It has been, essentially, out of print for some time the recent scholarly Clarendon Press edition being out of most reader's price range -- and, apparently, already itself out of print. This is likewise evident in such as walk in the night in their sleep, and do strange feats: these vapours move the phantasy, the phantasy the appetite, which moving the animal spirits causeth the body to walk up and down as if they were awake. His whole life is sorrow, and every word he speaks a satire: nothing fats him but other men's ruins.
Obviously this will be an edition principally for libraries. The next of solitariness, A Portraiture doth well express, By sleeping dog, cat: Buck and Doe, Hares, Conies in the desart go: Bats, Owls the shady bowers over, In melancholy darkness hover. Methinks I hear, methinks I see, Sweet music, wondrous melody, Towns, palaces, and cities fine; Here now, then there; the world is mine, Rare beauties, gallant ladies shine, Whate'er is lovely or divine. There are no distinct, arbitrary breaks between one time-period and another. If you don't have much time, this section is sufficient in familiarizing yourself with Burton's work. Novi quendam saith Erasmus I knew one so arrogant that he thought himself inferior to no man living, like Callisthenes the philosopher, that neither held Alexander's acts, or any other subject worthy of his pen, such was his insolency; or Seleucus king of Syria, who thought none fit to contend with him but the Romans.
I may laugh myself to sleep. Even in the midst of all our mirth, jollity, and laughter, is sorrow and grief, or if there be true happiness amongst us, 'tis but for a time, A handsome woman with a fish's tail, a fair morning turns to a lowering afternoon. And, given the propensity of the title to fall out of print as it has recently, and did previously -- for a particularly long, dark stretch between 1676 and 1800 , we can only advise you to get your copy while you can. A barely ballyhooed event, it should be the talk of the town, the publishing triumph of the season. Every paragraph is sprawling, overflowing with homilies and epigrams, latin phrases, old wive's tales, rubrics, pearls and chestnuts and artifacts of homespun history and formal history combined. He divides each of his Partitions into Sections, each Section into Members, each Member into Subsections, and in the text, each Subsection has a number and a title some fairly long.
Perhaps the New York Review Books Classics was low on card stock and could not supply covers for three separate volumes. But in Burton's Synopsis, some Sections are subheadings of other Sections. Greek myths, medicinal tracts, chemical treatises, magical incantations, blood-curdling oaths. How much did Aristotle and Ptolemy spend? I fed him mints and candy and he reminded me weekly that I was now past my prime when it came to rearing young children. But that reminds me of another thing I loved about this book.
If evil, we absolute hate it; if present, it is by sorrow; if to come fear. But even so he gives fair hearing to all the reasoning deployed by people against religion. It took me from October 2014 until October 2015 to read the second partition 261 pages not including notes. And Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy. Persina, that Ethiopian queen in Heliodorus, by seeing the picture of Persius and Andromeda, instead of a blackamoor, was brought to bed of a fair white child. They subscribe to any opinions and decisions contrary to the word of God, that they may not offend their patron, but retain the favour of the great, the applause of the multitude, and thereby acquire riches for themselves; for they approach Theology, not that they may perform a sacred duty, but make a fortune: nor to promote the interests of the church, but to pillage it: seeking, as Paul says, not the things which are of Jesus Christ, but what may be their own: not the treasure of their Lord, but the enrichment of themselves and their followers.
Areteus sets it down for an especial cause so doth Seneca, ep. Huge, repetitive, big hearted, inconsistent, Burton genuinely cares for humanity and seems to feel this work by synthesizing what the leading thinkers have said about anything even remotely related to the topic is going to help others. At last thy snow-white age in suburb schools, Shall toil in teaching boys their grammar rules. So, essentially, it took me from May 2013 to October 2014 to read the first partition 439 pages not including notes. It is one of the most popular psychiatric books ever written, appearing in over 70 editions since its original publication.
Are you starting to see? The very idea of this book makes it seem depressing, but it isn't; it is suffused with a deep and boundless joy, and an unquenchable hope. First completely all English translation. The Anatomy of Melancholy is almost unreadable. And I for it will stand in view, Thine to command, Reader, adieu. For as Dionysius Halicarnassaeus observes, Antiq.
In May of 2013 I bo Unius ætatis sunt quæ fortiter fiunt, quæ vero pro utilitate Reipub. Well worn set with tears to cloth and soiling to the boards but unusual to find in the original and not rebound. And yet every man must and will be immortal, as he hopes, and extend his fame to our antipodes, when as half, no not a quarter of his own province or city, neither knows nor hears of him — but say they did, what's a city to a kingdom, a kingdom to Europe, Europe to the world, the world itself that must have an end, if compared to the least visible star in the firmament, eighteen times bigger than it? On every page there are a dozen -- at least -- examples or citations or tales or ideas, each of which any author could spin out into a full-length novel or treatise. Those common apparitions in Bede and Gregory, Saint Bridget's revelations, Wier. I know there be some of opinion, that covetous men are happy, and worldly, wise, that there is more pleasure in getting of wealth than in spending, and no delight in the world like unto it. No labour in the world like unto study. Cicero is quoted so often that you will receive an honorary minor in Tullyism from me if you can prove you finished.
He may be able to reason very well, in fact better than anyone around him, and that makes his condition especially intractable. In the olden days, when they weren't being obscured by deceitful conspirators, the Four Humours were known to be the vital fluids sustaining our life functions. Section 1 He examines diseases in general, narrows down to diseases of the mind, digresses into anatomy where he examines the anatomy of the body and the soul. In living culture, art and science and events and people and ideas all overlap and everything is inter-twined. In the meantime thus much I may say of them, that generally they crucify the soul of man, attenuate our bodies, dry them, wither them, shrivel them up like old apples, make them as so many anatomies ossa atque pellis est totus, ita curis macet they cause tempus foedum et squalidum, cumbersome days, ingrataque tempora, slow, dull, and heavy times: make us howl, roar, and tear our hairs, as sorrow did in Cebes' table, and groan for the very anguish of our souls. Last of all to come to our divines, the most noble profession and worthy of double honour, but of all others the most distressed and miserable. Now desperate I hate my life, Lend me a halter or a knife; All my griefs to this are jolly, Naught so damn'd as melancholy.