Work Cited Primo Levi, " The Drowned and the Saved"

Earth spontaneously created other diverse forms of animal life. After the remaining moisture had warmed in the sun’s fire, the wet mud of the marshlands swelled with heat, and the fertile seeds of things, nourished by life-giving soil as if in a mother’s womb, grew, and in time acquired a nature. So, when the seven-mouthed retreats from the drowned fields and returns to its former bed, and the fresh mud boils in the sun, farmers find many creatures as they turn the lumps of earth. Amongst them they see some just spawned, on the edge of life, some with incomplete bodies and number of limbs, and often in the same matter one part is alive and the other is raw earth. In fact when heat and moisture are mixed they conceive, and from these two things the whole of life originates. And though fire and water fight each other, heat and moisture create everything, and this discordant union is suitable for growth. So when the earth muddied from the recent flood glowed again heated by the deep heaven-sent light of the sun she produced innumerable species, partly remaking previous forms, partly creating new monsters.

But We drowned him and those with him, all together ...

And [We] drowned them, everyone.

The Drowned and the Saved: When War Came to the Hebrides

"A proverb, of which it is enough here to say, that it was a proverb in the days of Chaucer, is used by Spenser, F. Q. II. 8. 14 (''Yet gold all is not that doth golden seem''), and by Shakespeare in the casket-scene in the Merchant of Venice.
''The last stanza ends in a pointed sentence of no relation to the purpose; if what glistered had been gold, the cat would not have gone into the water; and if she had, would not less have been drowned.'' Johnson. The logic is irresistible, but so was the temptation to defy it.
Walpole, Aug. 27, 1783, thought all his gold-fish were stolen. Next morning however he writes ''In the mud of the troubled water I have found all my gold, as Dunning and Barre did last year [when they got pensions] and have taken out fifteen young fish for Lady Aylesbury and reserved them as an offering worthy of Amphitrite, in the cat's vase amidst 'the azure flowers that blow'.'' "

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About to tell all this, Mercury saw that every eye had succumbed and their light was lost in sleep. Quickly he stops speaking and deepens their rest, caressing those drowsy eyes with touches of his magic wand. Then straightaway he strikes the nodding head, where it joins the neck, with his curved sword, and sends it bloody down the rocks, staining the steep cliff. , you are overthrown, the light of your many eyes is extinguished, and one dark sleeps under so many eyelids.

The "you" is distinguished from "your body" and what is saved is not "the body" but the "you".
The Drowned and the Saved: When War Came to the Hebrides, by Les Wilson, Birlinn, £12.99.

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Meditate that this came about:
I commend these words to you.
Carve them in your hearts.
Who was Primo Levi?
Primo Levi, born in Turin, Italy in 1919, was an Italian Jewish chemist and writer.

Primo speaks about their qualities to survive in the camp, these qualities are all certainly not admirable or virtuous, yet Levi finds them important.

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Despite being a historical, arguably heavy-going book, Wilson’s writing has you hooked. Taking time in the first few chapters to consider the First World War, particularly the naval experience, The Drowned and the Saved is by no means a difficult or intimidating read. Wilson strikes a perfect balance between this knowledge and his main aim of reporting on the horrors that occurred on Islay’s shores. Throughout, Wilson quotes Celtic poetry reminiscent of the heart-rending times of war, making his book emanate with true respect for the Hebridean war devastation.

Primo Levi was a young Italian chemist who was only twenty-four years old when he was captured by the Nazis in 1943.

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himself strikes the ground with his trident, so that it trembles, and with that blow opens up channels for the waters. Overflowing, the rivers rush across the open plains, sweeping away at the same time not just orchards, flocks, houses and human beings, but sacred temples and their contents. Any building that has stood firm, surviving the great disaster undamaged, still has its roof drowned by the highest waves, and its towers buried below the flood. And now the land and sea are not distinct, all is the sea, the sea without a shore.