Aug 25 2012

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Thomas DeQuincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater Part VI, the final reading

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This is my final reading of this remarkable story. Tonight’s reading entails the conclusion of the author’s confession involving the years of 1818 and 1819, as certain months and years that he tried to quit his addition, and how it was nearly impossible. His description of his remarkable visions and nightmares are some of the world’s greatest literature. Also he declares Homer to have been an opium eater and sites a passage from “The Pleasure Dome” as being similar to one of his own visions, without referencing the name of the poem or the poet Colridge, who was a known opium user and close friend of DeQuincy.

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