If it is impossible to compass flux, truly to prescribe life a symbolic form, then notions of Apollonian order, of Dionysian excess, are no different; merely another illusory device.
It's such a detailed map of culture and philosophy and psychology, and a poignant rendering of the struggle between Apollonian and Dionysian tendencies.
I remember when we were discussing this earlier you were saying that in a way this tends to stack up as an argument between the Apollonian and the Dionysian view.
These are strong, assertive readings, inspiringly so in the Brahms, which too often is played as if in a state of fear or Apollonian disinvolvement.
Loft, the professor, was lecturing about the two driving forces of art - the Apollonian and the Dionysian.
If blind evolution is the Dionysisan, spontaneous self-organization is the Apollonian , the source of restraint and order.
As the last true representative of the Greek philosophical spirit, Plotinus is Apollonian , not Dionysian.
There's great beauty, there's great chaos, there's death and rebirth, it goes back to the classical Greek myths, the Apollonian and the Dionysian.
The contrast between the rational and mystical aspects of life is often epitomized as the conflict between the Apollonian and the Dionysian.
But most are convincingly realized, self-contained worlds: Apollonian , harmonious, impersonal.