On the Heights of Despair

Lyricism represents a dispersion of subjectivity; it is a certain quantity of an individual’s spiritual effervescence which cannot be contained and needs constant expression. To be lyrical means you cannot stay closed up inside yourself. The need to externalize is the more intense, the more the lyricism is interiorized, profound, and concentrated.

-Emil Cioran, ‘On the Heights of Despair’.

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