Words and phrases that evoke pleasant thoughts about the past
Beside each, try to come up with its opposite
Play with ideas of pleasure and contradiction
The word nostalgia is learned formation of a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος (nóstos), meaning \”homecoming\”, a Homeric word, and ἄλγος(álgos), meaning \”pain\” or \”ache\”, and was coined by a 17th-century medical student to describe the anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home.Described as a medical condition—a form of melancholy—in the Early Modern period, it became an important trope in Romanticism.
Sunday in the Park with George is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It was inspired by the French pointillist painter Georges Seurat‘s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The plot revolves around George, a fictionalized version of Seurat, who immerses himself deeply in painting his masterpiece, and his great-grandson (also named George), a conflicted and cynical contemporary artist. The Broadway production opened in 1984.
Well, why don’t you love me like you used to do?
How come you treat me like a worn out shoe?
My hair’s still curly and my eyes are still blue
Why don’t you love me like you used to do?
Twilight Zone—A Stop at Willoughby
Looking Backward—Edward Bellamy