Monday, May 3, 2010

Sturm und Drang

Sturm und Drang (German pronunciation: [ʃtʊʁm ʊnt dʁaŋ]) is the name of a movement in German literature and music taking place from the late 1760s through the early 1780s, in which individual subjectivity and, in particular, extremes of emotion were given free expression in reaction to the perceived constraints of rationalism imposed by the Enlightenment and associated aesthetic movements. The conventional translation of the term is Storm and Stress; a more literal translation of Drang might be "urge", "longing", or "impulse")


The rains finally stopped. I loved the booming of the thunder, the cool wind blowing, the sound of rain on our tin window awning, the diffused gray light slipping through the lace curtains.

I discovered in its aftermath, the storm flooded many areas of KY and TN. The pictures are wild. The force of nature unleashed, swirling waters rocking cars and trees past videographers, acres of land under water...

Sturm and drang. Its all a matter of perception.

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