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Leseverführer

Perhaps the most famous literary drowning of them all, immortalised in Millais’ painting, though the effect is somewhat dampened – if you’ll forgive the pun – when you realise poor Lizzie Siddal modelled for it in a cold bath. But the pity and beauty of Shakespeare’s poetry can withstand even that Pre-Raphaelite passing-off: “Her clothes spread wide; And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up … but long it could not be Till that her garments, heavy with their drink, Pull’d the poor wretch … To muddy death.”

Lynn Shepherd: Lynn Shepherd’s 10 fictional drownings, in: guardian.co.uk, 2013-03-06.
Bild: John Everett Millais (1829-1896): Ophelia. Ca. 1851. Tate Britain (Google Art Project).

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