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  1. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Unius ætatis sunt uæ fortiter fiunt uæ vero pro utilitate Reipub scribuntur æterna or a soldier's work lasts for an age a scholar's for ever Vigetius uoted in Burton Anatomy of Melancholy I was given this book five years ago by my best friendcollege roomate for my birthday He gave me a beautiful John C Nimmo 1886 edition with Morocco spine labels The books were beautiful Keith is a helluva friend It took me almost a year however to start reading the books In May of 2013 I bought a NYRB edition a paperback with 1392 pages weighing 427 oz to ACTUALLY read Those who know my know I do this uite often I find myself in possession of a book I want to read but it is too beautiful too old too tight too expensive to actually read so I buy ANOTHER to read I also downloaded a 99 Kindle edition so I could nibble on the book at my leisure I was ready to start readingI recently made a new friend watching the eclipse in Idaho He is an artist from LA who limitsrestricts his art to materials collected during the last 3 seconds of a dying star That is essentially how I decided to read this book nearly four years ago Usually I'll read a book in a day to a week I'm focused goal oriented and driven I have a book mark covered in Post it® flags and I'm off With this book however I wanted to float drift read slowly So I limited myself to reading only on Sundays and only 98% of the time during church Yes I was essentially going to read a book about Melancholy right before and right after partaking of sacrament It felt right This limited me to reading about 5 7 pages a week I originally wanted to read a member the book is divided into 3 Partitions or books Each partition is further divided into sections members subsections each week as recommended by William H Gass It didn't work that way I'd read what I could during the hour I was sitting in Sacrament and that was it Some weeks I read 7 10 pages others 3 pages and for about a year I didn't read hardly any at all I spent almost all of 2016 watching a friend's two year old during Church so his parents didn't go nuts I used him to duck out of church wander the halls run to the car and drink a diet Dr Pepper He was my partner in crime I fed him mints and candy and he reminded me weekly that I was now past my prime when it came to rearing young childrenSo essentially it took me from May 2013 to October 2014 to read the first partition 439 pages not including notes It took me from October 2014 until October 2015 to read the second partition 261 pages not including notes And it took me from October 2015 until September 2017 to read the third partition with a significant break in 2016 432 pages not including notesBut enough wind up onto my review well before my review I think Burton's poetic summaryArgument of the book is the bestTHE ARGUMENT OF THE FRONTISPIECEThese verses refer to the Frontispiece which is divided into ten compartments that arehere severally explainedTen distinct Suares here seen apartAre joined in one by Cutter's artI Old Democritus under a treeSits on a stone with book on knee;About him hang there many featuresOf Cats Dogs and such like creaturesOf which he makes anatomyThe seat of black choler to seeOver his head appears the skyAnd Saturn Lord of melancholyII To the left a landscape of JealousyPresents itself unto thine eyeA Kingfisher a Swan an HernTwo fighting cocks you may discernTwo roaring Bulls each other hieTo assault concerning venerySymbols are these; I say no Conceive the rest by that's aforeIII The next of solitarinessA Portraiture doth well expressBy sleeping dog cat Buck and DoeHares Conies in the desart goBats Owls the shady bowers overIn melancholy darkness hoverMark well If't be not as it should beBlame the bad Cutter and not meIV I'th' under column there doth standInamorato with folded hand;Down hangs his head terse and politeSome ditty sure he doth inditeHis lute and books about him lieAs symptoms of his vanityIf this do not enough discloseTo paint him take thyself by th' noseV Hypocondriacus leans on his armWind in his side doth him much harmAnd troubles him full sore God knowsMuch pain he hath and many woesAbout him pots and glasses lieNewly brought from's ApothecaryThis Saturn's aspects signifyYou see them portray'd in the skyVI Beneath them kneeling on his kneeA superstitious man you seeHe fasts prays on his idol fixtTormented hope and fear betwixtFor hell perhaps he takes painThan thou dost heaven itself to gainAlas poor soul I pity theeWhat stars incline thee so to be?VII But see the madman rage downrightWith furious looks a ghastly sightNaked in chains bound doth he lieAnd roars amain he knows not whyObserve him; for as in a glassThine angry portraiture it wasHis picture keeps still in thy presence;'Twixt him and thee there's no differenceVIII IX Borage and Hellebor fill two scenesSovereign plants to purge the veinsOf melancholy and cheer the heartOf those black fumes which make it smart;To clear the brain of misty fogsWhich dull our senses and Soul clogsThe best medicine that e'er God madeFor this malady if well assay'dX Now last of all to fill a placePresented is the Author's face;And in that habit which he wearsHis image to the world appearsHis mind no art can well expressThat by his writings you may guessIt was not pride nor yet vain gloryThough others do it commonlyMade him do this if you must knowThe Printer would needs have it soThen do not frown or scoff at itDeride not or detract a whitFor surely as thou dost by himHe will do the same againThen look upon't behold and seeAs thou like'st it so it likes theeAnd I for it will stand in viewThine to command Reader adieuAre you starting to see? No I think I need to continue my reviewTHE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY or Democritus goes WildBefore Burton begins his disection of melancholy he needs to introduce himself But wait before that we need him to abstract melancholy for us again in verseTHE AUTHOR'S ABSTRACT OF MELANCHOLYδιάλογος When I go musing all aloneThinking of divers thingsWhen I build castles in the airVoid of sorrow and void of fearPleasing myself with phantasms sweetMethinks the time runs very fleetAll my joys to this are follyNaught so sweet as melancholyWhen I lie waking all aloneRecounting what I have ill doneMy thoughts on me then tyranniseFear and sorrow me surpriseWhether I tarry still or goMethinks the time moves very slowAll my griefs to this are jollyNaught so sad as melancholyWhen to myself I act and smileWith pleasing thoughts the time beguileBy a brook side or wood so greenUnheard unsought for or unseenA thousand pleasures do me blessAnd crown my soul with happinessAll my joys besides are follyNone so sweet as melancholyWhen I lie sit or walk aloneI sigh I grieve making great moneIn a dark grove or irksome denWith discontents and Furies thenA thousand miseries at onceMine heavy heart and soul ensonceAll my griefs to this are jollyNone so sour as melancholyMethinks I hear methinks I seeSweet music wondrous melodyTowns palaces and cities fine;Here now then there; the world is mineRare beauties gallant ladies shineWhate'er is lovely or divineAll other joys to this are follyNone so sweet as melancholyMethinks I hear methinks I seeGhosts goblins fiends; my fantasyPresents a thousand ugly shapesHeadless bears black men and apesDoleful outcries and fearful sightsMy sad and dismal soul affrightsAll my griefs to this are jollyNone so damn'd as melancholyMethinks I court methinks I kissMethinks I now embrace my mistressO blessed days O sweet contentIn Paradise my time is spentSuch thoughts may still my fancy moveSo may I ever be in loveAll my joys to this are follyNaught so sweet as melancholyWhen I recount love's many frightsMy sighs and tears my waking nightsMy jealous fits; O mine hard fateI now repent but 'tis too lateNo torment is so bad as loveSo bitter to my soul can proveAll my griefs to this are jollyNaught so harsh as melancholyFriends and companions get you gone'Tis my desire to be alone;Ne'er well but when my thoughts and IDo domineer in privacyNo Gem no treasure like to this'Tis my delight my crown my blissAll my joys to this are follyNaught so sweet as melancholy'Tis my sole plague to be aloneI am a beast a monster grownI will no light nor companyI find it now my miseryThe scene is turn'd my joys are goneFear discontent and sorrows comeAll my griefs to this are jollyNaught so fierce as melancholyI'll not change life with any KingI ravisht am can the world bringMore joy than still to laugh and smileIn pleasant toys time to beguile?Do not O do not trouble meSo sweet content I feel and seeAll my joys to this are follyNone so divine as melancholyI'll change my state with any wretchThou canst from gaol or dunghill fetch;My pain past cure another hellI may not in this torment dwellNow desperate I hate my lifeLend me a halter or a knife;All my griefs to this are jollyNaught so damn'd as melancholyAre you catching on yet? Falling in love with Burton? Alas we should probably continue with the ACTUAL reviewBurton introduces himself Actually he introduces his persona his pseudonym Democritus now Seek not after that which is hid; if the contents please thee and be for thy use suppose the Man in the Moon or whom thou wilt to be the Author; I would not willingly be knownBurton is ready to go He has his Man in the Moon ready to start but he REALLY wants to take a moment and explain his methods his reasons his purpose his hope his humility his own sadness If you decide dear reader of this review to go no further at LEAST read Democritus Junior to his Reader His introduction is hilarious It is discoursive mocking beautiful digressive inclusive absurd and practically stream of conscious if dear reader your subconcious could stream both Latin and Greek at will and gives you a beautiful peek of what is to come He skims off the cream of other men's wits pick the choice flowers of their tilled gardens to set out our own sterile plotsBurtonDemocritus Jr shows EXACTLY how he plans to use both Greek and Latin masters He writes like I hope I review and Seneca having both our sad backs numuam nimis dicitur uod nunuam satis dicitur I could have provided a translation for you but depending on the edition of Burton you will be reading you may or may not get a translation You probably need to just get used to Google TranslateTHE FIRST PARTITION Causes and SymptomsFirst one thing I found myself doing as I read Burton collecting words For exampleamanuenses fustian mountebanks uacksalvers maltsters costermongers uadrature sottish vizards pettifoggersI could do this all day folks Words and words One of the benefits of reading Burton electronically is I was able to uickly look up esoteric words I wasn't familiar with But many reuired than my iPhone's standard dictionary could handle I would highlght them and save them for some uiet time alone fondling my OED So not only can Burton out do you with Latin and Greek Democritus Jr's English can kick your ass tooIn the first partition Burton starts wide Section 1 He examines diseases in general narrows down to diseases of the mind digresses into anatomy where he examines the anatomy of the body and the soul He then seeks to define Melancholy which uickly leads him into examing in the next section Section 2 the Causes of Melancholy God spirits witches magicians stars old age inheritance bad diet etc He looks into the imagination envy malice hatred and spends a lot of time and this was one of my favorite sections on the Love of Learning or overmuch Study and uickly digresses into the Misery of Scholars and why the Muses are Melancholy Moving on to Section 3 Burton examines the Symptoms of Melancholy He looks at the body the mind fears sorrow etc the influence of humours He spends a bit of time looking at women and their own form of melancholy and ends section 3 by examining the immediate causes of melancholy In Section 4 Burton starts examining the Prognostics of Melancholy but before he goes too far Partition One ends God be merciful to us allTHE SECOND PARTITION The Cure of MelancholyUnlawful cures? RejectedSaints cures? RejectedPhysician Patient PhysicDietRetention and EvacuationDigression of AirAir rectifiedExercise rectifiedWaking rectifiedPassions rectifiedMind rectifiedMedicinal PhysicHerbal AlternativesPurging SimplesPrepartives adn PurgersAvertersHe looks at them all This was if I had to pick my least favorite section This partition by design almost was constructed in a way to make it difficult for Burton to run off track to digress and the BEST parts of AoM are when Burton bolts off on a tangent But that reminds me of another thing I loved about this book I've brought up his vocabulary in the last partition so in this partition I'm going to sing his praises for his uotes Like Montaigne one of the absolute thrills of reading Burton is the accumulation of uotes Burton has Before Bartlett had his book of uotations one of the appeals I would have to imagine of reading someone like Burton in the late 1600s or early 1700s was his wide variety of Greek and Latin uotes For example and these aren't my favorite just a few fruit I picked uickly from the pagesperiisset nisi periisset had he not been visited he had utterly perishedOmnia appetunt bonum all things seek their own gooduod supra nos nihil ad nos what is beyond our comprehension does not concern usGenius Genio cedit et obtemperat one genius yields and is overcome by anothernam et doctis hisce erroribus versatus sum for I am conversant with these learned errorsPlures crapula uàm gladius this gluttony kills than the swordomnivorantia et homicida gula this all devouring and murdering gutTam inter epulas fortis vir esse potest ac in bello as much valour is to be found in feasting as in fightingTHE THIRD PARTITION LoveLove Melancholy Religous Melancholy I'm going to take a break here I will return to finish my review of the last partition My family is starting to wake however and I've been scratching at this for the last couple hours

  2. Fergus Fergus says:

    This incredibly “rich and strange” book as Shakespeare might have called it was my go to literary comfort food in the late 60’s For I had “discovered” the richness and strangeness of Elizabethan writingWho now remembers the play “Friar Bacon and Bungay” a riot perhaps to the guys in the “pit” of Elizabethan theatres but nowadays too glaringly ham fisted in its prejudices? Who remembers Edmund Spenser’s sword ‘n sorcery epic The Faerie ueen a triumphant apotheosis of an aggressively Protestant ruler? Or who can recall Sir Phillip Sydney’s Arcadia a fantasy trip into a Land of Milk Honey which he wrote for his beloved Sis?Alas not manyBut Robert Burton leads us to another side of the Elizabethan Age The darker side of ruminations on death and its aftermath always imminent in an age of Smallpox and the Bubonic Plague a time when raving lunatics freely roamed the streets and chambermaids emptied their masters’ chamberpots unimpeded upon unwary heads below on the filthy streetsThis was another literary fruit of that primitive time DepressionDepression often drove Burton into vacant catalyptic trances of despair And writing this book was his great anodynic gift to usIn it he unearths with his vast compendium of trivial knowledge of ancient myths legends herbs and the great Elizabethan beuest to Pop Depth Psychology the Humours some great medicine for what ails usAnd Humours are not the funny kind These are an Elizabethan answer to our modern theory of psychological typesMelancholy then is the humour to which Burton was predisposed like so many of us old timers Me? Half MelancholyHalf Sanguine but rarely Choleric like most Canadians conditioned as we are by decades of Liberal Socialism You will probably catch the drift of each of these humours but if not Google ‘em This book is an unending rhapsodic rant of hermetic lore on the HumoursDo you recognize yourself in one of them? As you know Burton clearly saw himself most clearly in the Death’s Head Skull which graced? a prominent corner of his ornately carved desk Like Blanchot in The Writing of the Disaster or Derrida in his The Gift of Death read my reviewsOr like Nicholas Jenkins the narrator of the great modern epic A Dance to the Music of Time see my review of Hearing Secret Harmonies Jenkins is understandably a Burton Junky in his depressively oriented reading and has become a world recognized expert on his book though all this is fictional of courseBut you know Burton Blanchot Derrida and Anthony Powell ALL hear Secret Harmonies arising from their own depressive meditationsAnd controlled skilfully with modern meds modern depressive natures can find meditative release through readingOne great benison of GoodreadsSo friends in recommending this great classic to you all I can only say to youThis book is the BEST RAINY DAY READ YOU COULD EVER FINDAnd with it on your night table you’ll sleep MUCH better for reading it

  3. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis Nathan "N.R." Gaddis says:

    The Anatomy of Melancholy What It Is With All The Kinds Causes Symptoms Prognostics And Several Cures Of ItIn Three PartitionsWith Their Several Sections Members and Subsections Philosophically Medically Historically Opened And Cut UpBy Democritus JuniorWith a Satirical Preface Conducing To The Following DiscourseA New Edition Corrected And Enriched By Translations Of The Numerous Classical ExtractsBy Democritus Minor To Which Is Prefixed An Account Of The AuthorReaders of Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy will know who they areThey are melancholic They are erudite They revel in learning They know that the world is their books They can step out of their 21st century vanity and return to a 17th text and feel at home They know that science changed but did not advance with Sir Bacon side of eggs please They know that Burton will feel modern and kin like than what is passed off as the Latest Thing today They will understand that our neuronal superstitions today are no advancement over the theory of humours They will in all likelihood be brimming with black bile They will be readers who will nevernever find too many words between the covers of a bookOkay so I press Burton’s book into the hands of readers of novels Fine But it’s “not” a novel ; it’s an essay Fine We have our own version of Burton’s Anatomy today a novel called popularly Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition ; or simply DSM V “Book of Lamentations A new dystopian novel in the classic mode takes the form of a dictionary of madness” By Sam Kriss “If on a friend’s bookshelf You cannot find Joyce or Sterne Cervantes Rabelais or Burton You are in danger face the fact So kick him first or punch him hard And from him hide behind a curtain” ― Alexander Theroux Some tweeker on goodreads has apparently objected behind my back to my posting of this little poem on my profile The objection was somehow to the identification of some books as “reuired” reading Of course Joyce and Sterne and Cervantes and Rabelais and Burton are reuired reading for the educated reader Absolutely no apology needed for this If you don’t want to be an educated reader you may perfectly happily persist in your dumb pleasure reading The rest of us want than stupid tweeks to the genital region Odd thing is though these five authors have produced some of the most pleasurable texts in the history of letters Those unable to enjoy these books need to have some education applied to their pleasure centers Theroux provides a modicum of explanationThe narrower your description the cliched and uncommunicative the of the object you leave behind Art is simply being able to communicate an object in its entirety and it is just beyond the realm of human capability The proponents of the encyclopedic novel the so called novel of learning Sterne Rabelais Cervantes—and Burton in his book—have nevertheless had great fun trying to refute this RoCF Interview 1991Censure of reviewers; or why read BurtonNo reviewer on goodreads in order that we may promote decorum may use the terms 'intellectually masturbatory' or 'self indulgent' or ‘unnecessarily digressive’ or the like unless and until said reviewer has read the entirety of Burton's AnatomyEmily Colette Wilkinson and her Difficult Books has this to say about our Anatomy The Anatomy of Melancholy Robert Burton 1621 This is a dense digressive wonderfully learned uasi autobiographical uasi psychological exploded encyclopedia of all things melancholic and otherwise—a mishmash of case studies a man who thought he was turned to glass citations from contradictory ancient and modern authorities c 1620 uotations from the Bible essays on geography and climatology observations on the deficiencies of the Catholic Church recommendations of study as a cure for melancholy and then reflections on study as a cause of melancholy a utopia Burton described his Anatomy as “a rhapsody of rags gathered together from several dung hills excrements of authors toys and fopperies confusedly tumbled out without art invention judgement wit learning harsh raw rude phantastical absurd insolent indiscreet ill composed indigested vain scurrile idle dull and dry” Indeed such it is and for this intellectually dense disorder the book can be baffling and dizzy making esp if you read the NYRB edition the most readily available which has very close set type and does not translate all of Burton’s Latin Burton’s long loose Latinate sentences can also be rough going But it is very much worth a try Burton is an endearingly humble narrator who while he calls himself an ignorant smatterer might teach you to accept the incurable madness— melancholy— fallenness—of humankindFor some readers The Anatomy will be maddeningly difficult For others it will be pleasurably difficult beyond all measure For myself it was mental rest Mine was the kind of reading which is often described as “letting the prose just flow over you” My reading was one of phrases uotations lists words names daydreams and melancholy but not of sentences No uestion that my reading was not a close reading One need not analyze a friend to death with every conversation Just listen Just danceThe most widely available edition of Burton’s Anatomy is the NYRB paperback with an introduction by William H Gass published in 2001 It is perfectly serviceable even if it is far from a perfect edition It reproduces a text from 1932 which is unnecessarily unwieldy having removed Burton’s notes from the margins to the end of each partition where one tends to ignore them; the Latin is mostly translated by the editor when Burton provides no paraphrase but when things get a bit sexually racy the translation fails to appear; no attempt was made to provide a modern table of contents which should not replace Burton’s own beautiful Synopses; there are famously many typos which persist from Burton’s own days First Edition 1621; and most unfortunate of all a critically established edition of The Anatomy has finally been produced by Oxford University Press 1989 which could have been taken as the foundational text for this edition That OUP edition in six volumes including commentary is library only at its price in the multiple hundreds of dollars range One can only hope that OUP is planning an edition for the masses based upon their critical textBut and so when you find yourself at a bookery pass by those editions which expurgate the Latin and the Greek Those editions are clearly bastardizations of this masterpiece Like reading War and Peace with the French expurgated It matters not whether you read Latin or Greek Without it resting on the page for your eye to pass over you have not experienced Burton's erudition Here’s what is often miscalled irony Burton made the decision at the behest of his publisher to write in English that his book be marketable to the growing reading public He would have preferred to have written in Latin and so would have we Had he written in Latin everything would have needed translation and we would have a “accessible” text Englished As it is we need not be tempted with things like popular appeal; his Latin citations standThe selected essay for your consideration will be found under Partition The First Section 2 Causes of Melancholy; Membra 3 Passions and perturbations of the mind; Subsection 10 Discontents Cares Miseries etc Causes Whatever In the NYRB edition it would be found on page 271 Here in the edition at GutenbergBut hell browse the well hyperlinked index over there at Gutenberg whatever tweeks yer fancyLECTORI MALE FERIATOTu vero cavesis edico uisuis es ne temere sugilles Auctorem hujusce operis aut cavillator irrideas Imo ne vel ex aliorum censura tacite oblouaris vis dicam verbo neuid nasutulus inepte improbes aut falso fingas Nam si talis revera sit ualem prae se fert Junior Democritus seniori Democrito saltem affinis aut ejus Genium vel tantillum sapiat; actum de te censorem aeue ac delatorem aget econtra petulanti splene cum sit sufflabit te in jocos comminuet in sales addo etiam et deo risui te sacrificabitIterum moneo ne uid cavillere ne dum Democritum Juniorem conviciis infames aut ignominiose vituperes de te non male sentientem tu idem audias ab amico cordato uod olim vulgus Abderitanum ab Hippocrate concivem bene meritum et popularem suum Democritum pro insano habens Ne tu Democrite sapis stulti autem et insani AbderitaeAbderitanae pectora plebis habesHaec te paucis admonitum volo male feriate Lector abiTo The Reader Who Employs His Leisure IllWhoever you may be I caution you against rashly defaming the author of this work or cavilling in jest against him Nay do not silently reproach him in conseuence of others' censure nor employ your wit in foolish disapproval or false accusation For should Democritus Junior prove to be what he professes even a kinsman of his elder namesake or be ever so little of the same kidney it is all up with you he will become both accuser and judge of you in his petulant spleen will dissipate you in jest pulverize you with witticisms and sacrifice you I can promise you to the God of MirthAgain I warn you against cavilling lest while you culumniate or disgracefully disparage Decmocritus Junior who has no animosity against you you should hear from some judicious friend the very words the people of Abdera heard of old from Hippocrates when they held their well deserving and popular fellow citizen to be a madman 'Truly it is you Democritus that are wise while the people of Abdera are fools and madmen' You have no sense than the people of Abdera Having given you this warning in a few words O reader who employ your leisure ill farewell p124 5 NYRB Englished by the editorAnd for you perverts here is how the length of The Anatomy shakes out439 pages Democritus To The Reader and other front matter 125 pages First Partition261 pages Second Partition432 pages Third PartitionWhich amounts to 1132 pages The remainder of its 1424 pages 292 consists of 6817 endnotes which are painlessly skippable introductions a glossary and an index; unless you’ve got that ‘every damn page’ project in mindGutenberg has a serviceable electronical edition HereSPERATE MISERICAVETE FELICESHope ye unhappy ones; ye happy ones fear

  4. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    While Nathan “NR” is in Bermuda sluicing sand out of his thong remember he’s over twenty five stone and has seven buttocks let’s talk sensibly about this book but mostly about English pre 1800s Reading any English novel of the 1700s or earlier is extremely unpleasurable The language is sufficiently infuriatingly different to our present day English or even 19thC English forcing the reader to re learn an old style used by our forefathers Verily words order are often truly commingled and comixtured; alas unreadable to the untrained civilians accustomed not whose eyes to this are; therefore acute diminishment pleasure there is found to be in these most partickularly infuriating forms older of English there is; irrespective of wisdom thereon imparted therefore and verily futuis foramen unum in caput meum Works in translation from the period are rendered into modern forms of English Until someone commits canonical heresy “updates” the language in these sorts of texts I won’t be reading this despite my curiosity Philistine am I? No Just not mentally unbalanced

  5. Gregsamsa Gregsamsa says:

    TAKE THE 4 HUMOURS PERSONALITY UIZBack before the practitioners of the Scientific Method spread all their lies human medicine was based on sound and simple principles In the olden days when they weren't being obscured by deceitful conspirators the Four Humours were known to be the vital fluids sustaining our life functions All human maladies could be traced to an imbalance in these internal liuids except for obvious stuff like a broken leg or getting hit by lightning which anyone would know was a clear case of God's immediate judgement because you aren't living rightYellow Bile YB Black Bile BB PhlegmPH and Blood BL are these four The personality you have is largely determined by their ratio Let's see how1 Which of the reactions to the uote below is most similar to your own? Write it down Which is least? Write it down too Lycanthropia or wolf madness when men run howling about graves and fields in the night and will not be persuaded but that they are wolves or some such beasts Aetius and Paulus call it a kind of melancholy; but I should rather refer it to madness as most doYB Who the hell is he to decide what's melancholy or madness?BB Imagine the torment suffered by such souls Who profits from demonizing them?PH Meh Who's to say a wolf man is less than a man man or wherewhether there's a distinction between melancholy and madness?BL Perhaps there is something to learn from these strange characters once we cure themWrite down the abbreviations YB BB PH BL you chose most agreed with and least Do the same for following uotesInitially Burton was going to write about multiple maladies applying the science of the time Unfortunately he began his project with Melancholia and never uite climbed back out of that pit even after standing on several volumes of thousands of pages It is a wonder to see how many poor distressed miserable wretches one shall meet almost in every path and street begging for an alms that have been well descended and sometimes in flourishing estate now ragged tattered and ready to be starved lingering out a painful life in discontent and grief of body and mind all through immediate lust gaming pleasure and riot2YB Why would well descended people seem less prone to vice oh please and aren't you jumping to cause effect conclusions?BB Perhaps what is called wretchedness is a true knowledge held by those who don't gird their reality with la la smiley face billboards and abject circumstance is actually the nasty petty penalty imposed by arbitrary s at odds with such honesty?PH There's always gonna be people like that in one way or another That's just how it isBL There are solutions to this as long as we care enough and are prepared to intervene as opposed to allowing self flattering myth do the mental work for usA good chunk of this book's reknown rests not only on the freuently delightful turns of phrase but on how by turns it is dangerously progressive and riskily backwards straddling an intriguingly blurry line in the history of human knowledge That we must pray to God no man doubts; but whether we should pray to saints in such cases or whether they can do us any good it may be lawfully controverted Whether their images shrines relics consecrated things holy water medals benedictions those divine amulets holy exorcisms and a sign of the cross be available in this disease?3YB Gawd I thought that list would never endBB Who's to know what would really work especially when the stuff he's suspicious of stems from what he acts like is a given?PH Everyone needs to do what's best for themselves or what they can do which likely isn't much Never has beenBL All of these things probably work in their own way We are capapble of finding new ways that work better to replace the things that don'tBuy this book and pull from it randomly Value Don't you think current ideas enliven themselves as such when we listen through another era's ears? Especially with stuff like gender Bashfulness and blushing is a passion proper to men alone and is not only caused for some shame and ignomy or that they are guilty unto themselves of some foul act committed but from fear and a conceit of our defects; the face labours and is troubled at his presence that sees our defects and nature willing to help sends thither heat heat draws the subtiliest blood and so we blushYB Bravo for describing blushing and disguising that description as explanation I wish Nature helped your explanation instead of being itBB But these things are felt by all so isn't the difference in how darkly and deeply these feelings penetrate us relative to our outer darkening that speaks truly of how we are?PH DuhBL We can take sight of such clues and grasp them as warning or welcome; it is a self centered view that would limit the function to the stage of performance while ignoring the audienceNOW If you have written down all your most agreed and least agreed abbreviations you are ready to evaluate your personalityIf you have two of each of the abbreviations YB BB PH and BL then you are a totally balanced human being with no medical concerns whateverIf not you are imbalanced Ill Your fluids need to be released so their flawed proportions may be corrected as Nature replenshes them These are leeches Hold still I saidHoldStill

  6. Andrew Andrew says:

    The days are long I live in the tropics in a city with a reputation for unparallelled liveliness Bangkok does marathon clubbing nights casual sex performance art political rallies and obsessive Instagramming not 1500 page tomes on melancholyI sit on the terrace with my coffee and my Robert Burton and I feel less alone I feel less alone with my introversion knowing that there's someone else with a gargoyle perched on their shoulder who thought he could write his way out of itThe name “anatomy” is telling Burton thought he was writing a medical text Which is why he spent 200 pages prescribing milk vetch and ground up lapis lazuli and what have youThe only thing I know how to compare the Anatomy to is David Foster Wallace's The Pale King It's not so much a book as a catalog of depressions with all that implies ratcheting from the brilliant to the moronic to the flawed the bitter the boring and back to ultimate transcendence It's so fucking massive it can't be anything other than an uneven mess Wallace noosed himself before he could edit his big thing Burton had the misfortune to live in an era before word processing softwareThe difference is that Burton survived and he provided the advice that modern shrinks offer even if you can't defeat melancholy entirely you can hold it back Don't be afraid to live and love go out etc etc which despite its being an appalling cliché is no less true I set down the Anatomy of Melancholy call Annabelle and see if she wants to go get a drink

  7. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    Reality should be snared at least where it is convenient Burton demanded browsers and I obliged I did not read this book seuentially Nor was any effort made to complete this book cover to cover It was read in a flourish of skips and delights anti oedpian piercing and parsing Gazes gouges and gatherings baby I will return to this for the rest of my life

  8. Geoff Geoff says:

    As Nathan Nautical Rigging Gaddis would say the check is in the mailVariations I considered Nauseating Rigormortis Necromaniacal Reprobate Nifty Ratcatcher Nearly Rabelais Nice Rebound Nasty Ricecake Normal Reasonable Natal Reading NAFTA Reformer Nested Russian doll Naissant Rabbi Narcoleptic Raccoon Nectariferous Riodinidae Nemoral Rabbit Nephroidal Ragamuffin Nominative Rhotic Noumenal Reality Nuciform Rostrum Nubiform Retina Neuropathic Recluse Nude Rugbier Necrotic Rosicrucian Nebulous Riddleetc etc etc

  9. Bradley Bradley says:

    The penultimate Self Help book The medical man's history primer of Galen and Astrology The completionist's guide to a completely exhaustive and exhausting compendium of now obscure references to Latin and frankly inexplicable inclusions If he went out of his way to design for us a perfect way to exhaust us with his knowledge of poverty nobility love the Humors the Galenic ualities of all kinds of foodstuffs and do it with in text annotations than actual text doing it all in that peculiar idiom common to any English text coming out before the advent of the DICTIONARY then I think he succeeded AdmirablyAnd let me tell you Robert Burton defeated meHe set out to give us the full wide range of depression in this academic treatise that fills to the height of 1620's modern medicine stoops to the depths of hundreds of poetical sources revolts us in explaining just HOW one might get depressed and teaches us how to fight our own depression by making us come up with a thousand and one reasons why we ought to stop this FREAKING ENORMOUS BOOK and JUST STOP thereby relieving our by now enormous melancholyI made it half way through I found myself negatively enjoying practically every new step in this amazingly long winded treatise I could not find a single aspect about it that made me want to continueNot the science not the beginnings of psychology not the weird historical curiosityI was defeated I am sad to say after 29 hours of Librivox and epub slogging that I will now DNFGoodnight I may laugh myself to sleep The relief is palpable

  10. Alan Alan says:

    This book sat behind my chair after I had it bound for forty years and I read from it every few days A great book but a dipper too dense to plow through Latin uotations and all but rewarding in pieces like the Bible and say Gilbert White Natural History of Selbourne Originally one of the four humors like Blood Sanguinary that determine personality sanguine being out going optimisic Melancholy or black bile broadens here to include what we call psychology or psychotropic disease for instance love melancholy which Freud placed suarely as the foundation stone of psychiatry and now arguably results in crossing and transgressing gender But Burton also reflects on the scholar's work poorly paid than one who curls hair Grand discussions say of whether fatty meat is unhealthy or how to avoid heart problems Constipation has a long chapter in Pt II but Pt one has halfway through a long discussion of specific foods and their effects sort of Master Chef meets Dr Oz Generally all such meats as are hard of digestion breed melancholy Artaeus lib7 cap5 reckons up heads and feet bowels brains marrow fat skinsThey are rejected by Isaac lib2part3Milk and all that comes of milk as butter and cheese curds etc increase melancholy whey only excepted which is most wholesome; some except asses' milk Vintage '77 p219 A Ch on Fish Sallets sic Herbs He cites maybe 9 writers mostly in Latin and sides with those Livy? against feeding people meadows what cows eat; and surprisingly against Fish which the Carthusians ate exclusively and led RB thinks along with their solitariness to their melancholy Burton begins with general observations The Turkes deride us we them; Italians Frenchmen accounting them light headed fellows He seems to relate the mind or soul to melancholy's effects hereThe two other Galenic humors not so far mentioned are choleric and phlegmatic Many law enforement programs now focus on the choleric and half of all TV advertised medicines treat the phlegmatic A general observation for our time Nimirum insanus paucis videaturMaxima pars hominum morbo iactatur eodem When all are crazy who can distinguish the mad?

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The Anatomy of Melancholy [Read] ➼ The Anatomy of Melancholy ➹ Robert Burton – One of the major documents of modern European civilization Robert Burton's astounding compendium a survey of melancholy in all its myriad forms has invited nothing but superlatives since its publicati One of the major documents of modern European civilization Robert Burton's astounding compendium a survey of melancholy in all its myriad forms has invited nothing but superlatives since its publication in the seventeenth century Lewellyn The Anatomy MOBI :º Powys called it the greatest work of prose of the greatest period of English prose writing while the celebrated surgeon William Osler declared it the greatest of medical treatises And Dr Johnson Boswell reports said it was the only book that he rose early in the morning to read with pleasure In this surprisingly compact and elegant new edition Burton's spectacular verbal labyrinth is sure to delight instruct and divert today's readers as much as it has those of the past four centuries.

  • Paperback
  • 1392 pages
  • The Anatomy of Melancholy
  • Robert Burton
  • English
  • 01 March 2016
  • 9780940322660

About the Author: Robert Burton

Robert Burton was an English scholar born in Entered Brasenose College Oxford Student of Christ Church ; BD and Vicar of St Thomas's Oxford and rector of Seagrave from until The Anatomy MOBI :º his death in Best known for writing The Anatomy of Melancholy.