‘The grotesque body can thus be effected by the exaggeration of its internal elements, the turning of the “inside out,” the display of orifices and gaps upon the exterior of the body.


But in addition to the interpenetration of the exterior and interior of the body, an exchange of sexuality and an exchange between animal and human also can be used to effect the grotesque and its corresponding sense of interchange and disorder.’


Susan Stewart, On Longing, 1993



'Stay me with flagons, and comfort me with apples, for I am sick of love.'


Song of Solomon, Old Testament



'Blood is what the egg needs.'


Edwin Morgan, 'The Midge' from Collected Poems, 1996



'Farewell happy fields, where

joy forever dwells:

Hail horrors, hail Infernal world,

And thou profoundest hell,

Receive thy new possessor: one who

brings a mind not to be changed by

space and time.'


John Milton, Paradise Lost (ll. 249 - 253, Book I), 1667



'Oh rose thou art sick.

The invisible worm,

That flies through the night,

In the howling storm;


Has found out thy bed

Or crimson joy;

And his dark secret love,

Does thy life destroy.'


William Blake, 'The Sick Rose' from Songs of Innocence and of Experience, 1789