~ 2003 ~
A Tiny Webzine of Erotic Tragedies
Edited by Jamie Joy Gatto
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A History of "In the Venusburg"
A German legend relates how Tannhäuser, the poet and wandering knight, discovered the Venusburg, the subterranean home of Venus, goddess of love, and spent a year there with her completely lost to her enchantments.
Released and filled with remorse for his sinful behavior, he travelled to Rome to seek absolution from Pope Urban, who told him that forgiveness would be as impossible as the possibility that his papal staff would sprout blossoms. Tannhäuser returned to Vienna, and three days later the Pope's staff miraculously flowered.
William Morris retold the legend as 'The Hill of Venus' in his Earthly Paradise (1868-70). Algernon Swinburne's poem 'Laus Veneris' published in 1866 explored the theme of the destructive power of Venus's love:
'Her little chambers drip with flower-like red, ...
Ophelia's Muse Established 05.01
In the Venusburg (Tannhäuser), 1901
by John Collier
English Classicist Painter (1850-1934)
~ October 2003 ~
* The Frailty of Ice by Carmine
* Deception by Lynn den Hartog
* Lizzy With Stars by Amber Hipple
* sockroom by Kurt Lee
* Last Time by Mari Ness
* Love Songs for Dad by Alexander Renault
* Lying by Cinthia Ritchie
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