The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression

Salley Vickers – The Financial Times

From a review of the book of this title.
Copyright The Financial Times
Loss, with its attendants love and hate, is the chief begetter of art. Words may not only offer release from loss but help recreate a life – take, for example, Gerard Manley Hopkins’ elegiac Spring and Fall, with its opening line “Margaret, are you grieving?” and its plangent conclusion, “It is the plight man was born for/ It is Margaret you mourn for”, or John Donne’s impassioned lament, “I am rebegot/ Of absence, darkness, death; things which are not.”
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