Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ludwig’s Valentine

I half-blame Beethoven’s music
For throwing open our age
Of anger and retaliation
With the most triumphant
Sound structures of rage
And forthright melancholia
As a great overture must
For the next several centuries
Lay out the themes and voicing
It’s not just about going to war
Now it’s about everyone
Being angry at everyone else
Most of the time and all
With very good reasons it seems
But also buried there
In his last quartets
An anguish beyond anger
That still could change the world

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