So, after Woodduck's excellent post, there's little left for me to say other than Wagner was a force of Music and Philosophy during his lifetime and was a true original. It would take two lifetimes to understand both his music and uncountable books, articles, letters, and philosophical treatises. How a man created such a prodigious amount of work in his lifetime is staggering to consider . . . even among the most talented artists before or after his lifetime. To know Wagner is to experience both the primal and exquisite language of Man.