Rhapsody on a Windy Night (Transfigured Night)

cf. Girolamo Nerli, Street scene on a rainy night (ca. 1889-1890)

Twelve o’clock.
Along the reaches of the street
Held in a lunar synthesis,
Whispering lunar incantations
Dissolve the floors of memory
And all its clear relations,
Its divisions and precisions,
Every street lamp that I pass
Beats like a fatalistic drum,
And through the spaces of the dark
Midnight shakes the memory
As a madman shakes a dead geranium…

–T. S. Eliot, Rhapsody on a Windy Night

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