Cockaigne


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Cockaigne

fabled land of luxury and idleness. [Medieval Legend: NCE, 589]
See: Luxury
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The libertarian utopian imagination recalled the Land of Cockaigne and the Big Rock Candy Mountain and historical moments: the Paris Commune 1871, Barcelona 1936, Paris 1968 etc.
Cockaigne means "land of plenty" and was a medieval mythical paradise.
After a decade, under the strain of poverty, too many newcomers, increasing harassment from the local police, and a drug-induced bacchanal on Cockaigne Day (a midsummer celebration much like Drop City's Druid Day), Arcadia crumbles too.
He may scorn the delusions of the day ("Their land of Cockaigne is near, and we all live on credit," he tells Defoe sneeringly) and have a code of ethics--others, including his brother, might sell him out to save their skins; he won't do the same--but he's not a straightforwardly swashbuckling hero.
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Maria's notions of the Hidden Isle may grow out of the legends of the land of Cockaigne, the Joachimite vision of the Third Age, or biblical stories of the Garden of Eden.
Aristophanes' 'Cloudcuckooland' is indeed what the English language has since made of it: a pie in the sky, unattainable, a Land of Cockaigne that can only exist as fiction, as wishful thinking.
But even public officials in the Land of Cockaigne are concerned about law-enforcement and health.
This is followed by a bizarre tenor masquerading as a swan roasting on a spit, who gives way to a portrait of a disgraced, drunken Abbot ("I am the abbot of Cockaigne and my assembly is one of drinkers"), and concludes with a dizzy drinking song that catalogues all who drink, from libertines to Christians to loose sisters to the Pope to the mistress to the old lady to mother; everyone drinks--and damn those who object.
In the context of the entertainment, two everyman characters journey to a land that goes 'by the rule of contraries', a stage version of the popular idea of the Land of Cockaigne, or the world turned upside down.
Under Petrenko's watchful gaze and baton, the orchestra will also appear twice in the Shanghai Concert Hall where they will perform Elgar's Cockaigne and Enigma Variations and Shostakovich's Symphony No 15, while the much loved John Lennon Songbook will be conducted by John Wilson.
A second editor got into the act, insisting that Cockaigne in English was a legendary land of plenty, not a celebration.