memento mori


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a reminder (as a death's head) of your mortality

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Every photograph is a memento mori, and of course we like to forget that reminder of death, so we are easily persuaded that these images represent real, living people.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Erasmus House, curator Alexandre Vanautgaerden invited several artists to create an exhibition on the quintessentially humanist theme of memento mori, or the lifelong preparation for one's death.
Hibberd, whose article Memento Mori is about a jockey's troubled life, received a cheque for pounds 1,250 and a bronze of two galloping horses by Gill Wiles.
It is not the body per se that undermines human virtue, Auden insisted, but the pride that bodily pleasures encourage, and properly understood the body is a natural check on human vanity, a kind of memento mori that reminds the human ego of its very human inadequacy.
The Pompeiian Skull Emblema can also be considered part of the genre known as memento mori.
New are Jonathan Wolken's duet, Memento Mori, and Michael Tracy's quartet, Prism.
Somehow it is not a problem that the anonymous telephone calls to the characters in Memento Mori reminding them of their doom are without earthly source.
Memento Mori, War Of The Sexes and the brilliantly cutting Two Nations stand out, while this album's Dry Your Eyes is the beautiful Never Went To Church.
Epstein's book serves as a memento mori for men of action: do what you will with your armies and your politics.
A photograph is a memento mori, as Barthes also says, its message is that this person, caught in time, will never return to this moment and will one day die.
His message, sometimes scribbled on the painting, was always clear: Memento mori (remember death).
Duggan's Mike (1989), Cory Lussier's Tenants and Landlords (1994), Kathryn Martin's Through My Eyes (1997) and Victorian Beach (1995), Dean Naday's Memento Mori and Gary Yates's Without Rockets (1994).
This turban, or imma, is supposed to be long enough to serve as a shroud and thus acts as a constant memento mori, again identifying the wearer with the religious warrior of old.
Enter families whose members haven't spoken in years because of minute slights perceived, and families whose members warn other members about alarming dreams they have concerning them (in a case with dire repercussions, a dream concerning a cousin's testicle); enter a husband who neutralizes his annoying wife by building an imaginary picket fence between him and her, a scribbler who lies to the reader with aplomb while giving himself away with every lie, a dying man who becomes a ghoulish memento mori among the living, a husband and wife who, while trading poetic volleys at a joint reading, expose extramarital dalliance, rage, contrition, unabated hostility - the last line of "poetry" being an ebulliently resentful "Get Out Of My Face You Motherfucker You.
For Pearson, Mahlon's death brought his first intimate experience with the "King of Terrors," a temporary weariness, and a moral lesson to memento mori.