Alongside my purring cat

This could not be fully achieved so long as the words of the tragedy were merely spoken or declaimed on the stage.  It could only be attained again in that full existence in which Tragic Man was not restricted to thinking or feeling, nor to a modern individuality.  He had to be, as the Greeks put it, that body (soma) whose basic feeling, thought and will stem from the unbroken entity of his being, and, moreover, must not remain isolated in this entity but exist in a living, flexible harmony with the universe and with the Daemon (in Greek mythology a supernatural intermediary between gods and men).

—Wolfgang Schadewaldt—
“Antigonae”: Sophocles, Höderlin, and Orff

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