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Dying only to Quicken Again – “Spring Snow” – Yukio Mishima

August 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · Japan, Japanese, Literature, Philosophy

His conviction of having no purpose in life other than to act as a distillation of poison was part of the ego of an eighteen-year-old. He had resolved that his beautiful white hands would never be soiled or calloused. He wanted to be like a pennant, dependent on each gusting wind. The only thing that seemed valid to him was to live for the emotions—gratuitous and unstable, dying only to quicken again, dwindling and flaring without direction or purpose.

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