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#1 mana_war


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Posted 28 April 2015 - 05:59 AM

\ We were talking about her today, apparently she said a lot of things about being unreal. They thought nd she thought herself insane.

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 11:50 AM

It has been a long time since I read V. Woolfe ... but I believe she had severe depression.  In the books I read, I did not read "DP/DR" I identified with her depression which she battled her entire life.  The same with Emily Dickinson -- a favorite poet of mine.

Woolfe did commit suicide at some point.

I suppose she could have experienced DP/DR, but it is my understanding, as with Dickinson sp? both had severe depression.

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 12:16 PM

"I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading--treading--till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through--
And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum--
Kept beating--beating till I thought
My Mind was going numb--

And then I heard them lift a Box
And creak across my Soul
With those same Boots of Lead, again,
Then Space--began to toll,

As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
Wrecked, solitary here--

And then a Plank in Reason, broke--
And I dropped down, and down--
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing--then--"

- Emily Dickinson -
I identify with this poem very much, yet, I  believe she is describing depression.

I would say Slyvia Plath in "The Bell Jar" may have been describing DP/DR, but it is difficult to tell.  The title is telling however.  I remember when I read it as a young woman it scared the Hell out of me.  She also took her own life.

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