Tama Lea Engelking points out that the nature of the feminine in art altered very little from romanticism's idealized Muse to Baudelaire's femme damnee since both retained the idea of female as object: "fin-de-siecle art, as well as literature consistently represented woman as bacchant
, siren, nymph, more vegetal and bestial than she was human" (99).
Bertolt Brecht and the Weimar Republic: Rebel with a Cause, or Between Bacchant
He is addressed metaphorically in an apostrophe to Liszt: "maitre puissant et venere, cher Bacchant
de la Beaute mysterieuse et passionnee.
There a foursquare Bacchant
toasted his Ganymede with a full wine glass, there a second one cuddled against his boy with the warmest feelings of delight; here on the other hand a loose lad played with the belt of his Zeus, and there a victor disappeared with his Thracian booty.
Chapter three continues the display of remarkable images, most particularly of doubling, although the rhapsody of the author's experience with photographs of Clementina and Florence (suffice it to say that "sweet, bacchant
lips," "tickling tongue" and "flaring nostrils" all play a part) is likely to leave the reader with something closer to laughter than desire.
300-3, where Dido, in the frenzy of love and anger, is compared to a bacchant
Cicero then proceeds to paint a vivid picture of Cethegus raging like a bacchant
in his mad killing spree, Lentulus ruling Rome like a king, Gabinius gleaming in his purple robes, and the slaughter of matrons, maidens and youths, and Vestal Virgins (11-12).
, through his orgiastic rites, imitates the drama of the suffering Dionysos; an Orphic, through his initiation ceremonial, repeats the original gestures of Orpheus.
The imagery echoes an ode in the Anacrontea where, in Moore's lush translation, "vines luxuriant roll / Their blushing tendrils round the bowl," while "many a rose-lipped bacchant
maid" culls "clusters in their shade" and "sylvan gods, in antic shapes / Wildly press the gushing grapes" (Ode IV, p.
Le thyrse est la representation de votre etonnante dualite, maitre puissant et venere, cher Bacchant
de la Beaute mysterieuse et passionnee .
In addition, the "maenad, bacchant
, or fury does not exist alone but always belongs to a cultural configuration which includes the mother as its other half and which also includes the feminization of men" (Shires 148).
Dionysus by pretending to fancy Morrheus when the Bacchant