Although the exam material that needs to be studied has piled up to the ceiling, I have to write my poems too. Going for inspiration in music. I want to write about Rusalka.
Beautiful and seductive female creature, Rusalka is the spirit of a drowned girl. Sometimes red-headed, dressed in white, they appear near water and lure the men to their doom. To read more about the Rusalka, you can also visit this blog.
Yet, Dvorak’s music does not inspire me for my Rusalka. It does not represent the Rusalka I have in mind. These two songs make me think about the becoming of Rusalka. In both songs, I find just the right amount of seduction, passion, despair, supernatural, and doom. Better yet, the whole situation has the potential to create a true Rusalka, one who’s rage and thirst of revenge I understand.
Indila – Dernière Danse
Indila – Tourner Dans Le Vide
Because this entry talks about my inspiration sources, I thought it would be appropriate to share a verse or two from the poem.
Fragments from Elena Rousseau’s poem Rusalka:
* * *
down from the marble of her shadowed shoulder
a wispy wreath of flowers’ white
bare breath of
dying unbaptised babes
She comes out of the waters
wrapped in blue fog
a slice of sorrow
* * *
I behold her untamed, feral beauty
and all I think is
her lissom waist not break
under the heavy roundness of her breast?
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