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    Tension and relief in a tragic opera : timing of tension events organized by the Golden Ratio

    Act l - 40 minutes
    Act ll - 25 minutes
    Act lll - 40 minutes

    Tension 1 ( at 25") Death
    Tension 2 ( at 65") Betrayal
    Tension 3 ( at 70") Riot
    Tension 4 ( at 90") Madness
    Tension 5 ( at 105") Alienation

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    Tension: a loud, startling sound. Relief: it stops. Any lizard can understand this.

    Tension and relief in a Wagnerian opera:

    Act l - 4 hours
    Act ll - 20 hours
    Act lll - 4 hours

    Tension 1 (at 4:25) Ego threatened
    Relief 1 (at 64:55) Ego safe, got some nookie from a married woman
    Tension 2 (at 7:50:23) Society unsuitable
    Relief 2 (at 18:23:43) Everything fine, undesirables problem solved
    Tension 3 (at 3:10:15) Alienation
    Relief 3 (at 4:17:19) Historical justification
    Last edited by millionrainbows; Apr-27-2020 at 13:49.

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    Is this your Al Terego MR???
    'Listen, Mister god!
    Isn't it boring
    to dip your puffy eyes,
    every day, into a jelly of clouds?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamme View Post
    Is this your Al Terego MR???
    Al was a good friend of mine.

    Afferbeck Lauder was the pseudonym used by Alastair Ardoch Morrison (21 September 1911 – 15 March 1998), an Australian graphic artist and author who in the 1960s documented Strine in the song With Air Chew and a series of books beginning with Let Stalk Strine (Ure Smith, Sydney, Australia, 1965). Morrison illustrated the books and also used the pseudonym Al Terego.
    Last edited by millionrainbows; Apr-27-2020 at 14:28.

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    The final relief in especially a tragedy is with the audience - do they give ovation , silence or shall they riot ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikoo Tuba View Post
    The final relief in especially a tragedy is with the audience - do they give ovation , silence or shall they riot ?
    I dunno, but I've certainly been enjoying the silence around here!

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    That's a relief - I worry when silent alienation is confounded with deeply respectful holy nothingness .

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    I'm going to listen to this tonight as I lay in bed.
    Last edited by Kyler Key; Aug-04-2020 at 04:35. Reason: Misinterpreted the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyler Key View Post
    I'm going to listen to this tonight as I lay in bed.
    I think you'll find the verb is "as I LIE in bed". That's a 'relief' to me now!!!

    "Lay" is arguably the most mis-used word in the English language; I nearly had a classroom of rioting high school students when I tried to rid them of the habit you've just demonstrated. My answer to them:

    PLEASE DON'T WRITE EXACTLY AS YOU SPEAK.
    Last edited by Christabel; Aug-04-2020 at 06:32.

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    I lay my body down as I lie in bed? Does this work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyler Key View Post
    I lay my body down as I lie in bed? Does this work?
    Yes, that's correct. But "lay, lie, and lain" are used quite distinctively:

    I will go and lay the table (present tense);
    Now I lay me down to sleep (archaic);
    Go and LIE down over there;
    He went and LAY down over there (past tense)
    He went to LIE down over there;
    Go and LIE down if you have a headache; (present, and the most abused form of the two words it's possible to get);
    He has LAIN beside me for decades of married life (most people do not use this older form - but it's the correct one - preferring instead "has laid");
    He LAID the facts bare for all the world to see:
    ...and so on.

    It is decades since teachers taught grammar (because they don't know any themselves), but when I went to school the nuns were rigorous about it and we spent a lot of time underlining phrases and parsing sentences in our English classes. In fact this interested me more than just about anything else to do with school!!
    Last edited by Christabel; Aug-04-2020 at 21:47.

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