Essay: Glimpse of Oblivion

17 Aug

Essay: Glimpse of Oblivion

Tristan, in somewhat of a delirium, knows that he has glimpsed oblivion (“Land of Oblivion” motif), but the longing for Isolde brought him back to consciousness, (“Longing” and “The Gaze” motifs).  When will Isolde extinguish the light so that he might find peace, (“Ardor”, “Mystery”, and “Ecstasy” motifs).  Kurwenal reveals that he has sent for Isolde.

Tristan is overjoyed and praises him (“Tristan’s Protector” motif), and continues to try to explain his thoughts (“Languid Suffering,” “Yearning for Death motifs).  Tristan reflects on all the grief and sadness in his life and how the tune of the shepherd’s pipe reminds him of it.  Now he thinks of his longing for Isolde and death.

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