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The Erl-King I (2005)

The Erl-King II (2005)

The Erl-King III (2005)

The Erl-King IV (2005)

The Erl-King V (2005)

The Erl-King VI (2005)

The Erl-King’s Demesne (2005)
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‘A young girl would go into the wood as trustingly as Red Riding Hood to her granny’s house but this light admits of no ambiguities and, here, she will be trapped in her own illusion because everything in the wood is exactly as it seems.
The woods enclose and then enclose again, -‘

Angela Carter ‘The Erl-King’ from The Bloody Chamber (1979)

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She Borrows A Revolver (1995)

She Borrows A Revolver (1995)
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The Heart asks Pleasure — first
And then — Excuse from Pain —
And then — those little Anodynes
That deaden suffering —

And then — to go to sleep —
And then — if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor
The privilege to die —

Emily Dickinson
1890

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>Mr Glowry's Summerhouse (2009)
Mr Glowry’s Summerhouse (2009)
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This house has been far out at sea all night,
The woods crashing through darkness, the booming hills,
Winds stampeding the fields under the window
Floundering black astride and blinding wet

 

‘Wind’
Ted Hughes The Hawk In The Rain (1957)

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“The story of my life doesn’t exist. Does not exist. There’s never any centre to it. No path, no line. There are great spaces where you pretend there used to be someone, but it’s not true, there was no one.”

Marguerite Duras The Lover (1984)

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Pont de Bir-Hakeim (2004)
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“And then he told her. Told her that it was as before, that he still loved her, he could never stop loving her, that he’d love her until death.”

Duras (1984)

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See Emily Play (2002)
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The graveyard of St. Michael and All Angels Church lies adjoining the Haworth Parsonage where a stifled Emily brooded as a child. It cramped and coerced her imagination as she grew but it would always remain her own private playground, her bone orchard, and, all too greedily, her bed.

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