A Sense of Joy and Twilight of the Gods

When C. S. Lewis first encountered Wagner’s Ring opera he was engulfed by a Sense of Joy. He felt “that I was returning at last from exile and desert lands to my own country; and the distance of the Twilight of the Gods and the distance of my own past Joy, both unattainable, flowed together into a single unendurable sense of desire and loss… And at once I knew that to “have it again” was the supreme and only important object of desire”:

Autobiography 1955.


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