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Stalte 1 Susan Stalte Professor Gail Froggatt ENG 107 February 13, 2012 Summary Response – The Miracle of Melancholia Nadell, Judith, John Langan, and Eliza A. Comodromos. "The Longman Writer: Rhetoric, Reader, Research Guide, and Handbook,” Judith Nadell, Textbooks - Barnes & Noble." Pearson Education, Inc. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. Summary Eric G. Wilson, the author of this essay, is an English professor at Wake Forest University. His essay “The Miracle of Melancholia” talks about individuals suffering from melancholy and the positives that have come out of it. John Keats, one individual discussed in the essay, which was a man suffering from tuberculosis. Wilson tells his audience how Keat’s sorrowful days had actually lead him to discover “…the inspiration for his greatest ideas and his most enduring creations” (224). Wilson relates Keats experience to George Frederic Handel and his success with music, as well as Georgia O Keefe and how melancholy is to blame for her most beautiful paintings. Wilson educates
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Unformatted text preview: his audience that there is no need to feel guilty for gloom, and that it is a crucial part of every day life. American’s obsession with happiness may in fact be a “…recipe for delusion” (225). Throughout the essay, Wilson fails to distinguish between sadness and depression. Response Stalte 1 The reader had high expectations to this essay prior to reading with hopes that Wilson would educate his audience on melancholy more rather than focusing on how the sadness has improved individual lives. The essay would be far more interesting if it had included a study of a large amount of people, and maybe even bring in some scientific evidence. Each person is different; although melancholy may have had a positive impact on a few individuals, it does not mean that others have seen any positives in their melancholia. Throughout the writing, the author’s style really catches the reader’s attention. Wilson leans towards the positives of melancholy, rather than the negatives....
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