‘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



'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