|"The waves in the steel..."|
|When I visited Japan in 1984, I went to the Tokyo National Museum (Ueno). There I saw a couple pre-1500 (i.e., pre-European influence...) swords (Click here to see one).|
|These swords were unornamented, austere.... They were achingly beautiful. What most struck me was the subtle variations in color of the steel along the length of the blade. I thought of the opening words of Hermann Broch's novel The Death of Virgil: "Steel blue and light...." I thought: "The waves in the steel..." (See my web page about the opening words of "The Virgil": "Water -- The Arrival"....)|
|When I got back to the U.S.,
I made an envelope for a note to tell Broch's son about what I had seen (See unfolded
Read Medieval morality play: The Summoning of Everyman.
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