Decadence, all shimmering in purple and gold

Thanks to the eclectic erudition of Jahsonic, comes this black pearl from Paul Verlaine:

I love this word decadence, all shimmering in purple and gold. It suggests the subtle thoughts of ultimate civilization, a high literary culture, a soul capable of intense pleasures. It throws off bursts of fire and the sparkle of precious stones. It is redolent of the rouge of courtesans, the games of the circus, the panting of the gladiators, the spring of wild beasts, the consuming in flames of races exhausted by their capacity for sensation, as the tramp of an invading army sounds.

(Quoted here)

June 16, 2008 | 11:56 PM