Marxist Valentine


Read Time: 4 minutes
Image result for MARX

Excerpt from Marx’s love letter to his wife – Jenny. Marx’s wife Jenny and their three daughters stayed in Trier from 22 May to about 10 September 1856. She went there to visit her sick mother, Caroline von Westphalen, who died on 23 July. Marx’s letter was sent from Manchester, where he was staying with Engels.

MARX TO JENNY MARX (IN TRIER)

Manchester, 21 June 1856
34 Butler Street, Greenheys

My darling Sweetheart,

I am writing to you again because I am alone and because it is irksome to converse with you all the time in my head without you knowing or hearing or being able to answer me. Bad as your portrait is, it serves its end well enough, and I now understand how it is that even the least flattering portraits of the mother of God, the ‘Black Madonnas’, could have their inveterate admirers – more admirers, indeed, than the good portraits. At any rate, none of these ‘Black Madonna’ portraits has ever been so much kissed and ogled and adored as your photograph which, while admittedly not black, has a crabbed expression and in no way reflects your dear, lovely, kissable, dolce countenance. But I put right what the sun’s rays have wrongly depicted, discovering that my eyes, spoiled though they are by lamplight and tobacco smoke, can nevertheless paint not only in the dreaming but also in the waking state. There you are before me, large as life, and I lift you up in my arms and I kiss you all over from top to toe, and I fall on my knees before you and cry: ‘Madame, I love you.’ And love you I do, with a love greater than was ever felt by the Moor of Venice. Falsely and foully doth the false and foul world all characters construe. Who of my many calumniators and venomous-tongued enemies has ever reproached me with being called upon to play the romantic lead in a second-rate theatre? And yet it is true. Had the scoundrels possessed the wit, they would have depicted ‘the productive and social relations’ on one side and, on the other, myself at your feet. Beneath it they would have written: LOOK TO THIS PICTURE AND TO THAT.C But stupid the scoundrels are and stupid they will remain, in seculum seculorum.

Temporary absence is good, for in a person’s presence things look too much alike for them to be distinguished. At close quarters even towers appear dwarfed, whereas what is petty and commonplace, seen close at hand, assumes undue proportions. So, too, with the passions. Little habits which, by their very proximity, obtrude upon one, and thus assume the form of passions, vanish as soon as their immediate object is out of sight. Great passions which, by the proximity of their object, take on the form of little habits, wax large and resume their natural proportions under the magical effect of distance. So it is with my love. Mere spatial separation from you suffices to make me instantly aware that time has done for my love just what the sun and the rain do for plants—made it grow. My love for you, as soon as you are away from me, appears for what it is, a giant, and into it all the vigour of my mind and all the ardour of my heart are compressed. I feel myself once more a man because I feel intense passion, and the multifariousness in which we are involved by study and modern education, no less than the scepticism which inevitably leads us to cavil at every subjective and objective impression, is calculated to render each one of us petty and weak and fretful and vacillating. But love, not for Feuerbachian Man, not for Moleschottian metabolism, not for the proletariat, but love for a sweetheart and notably for yourself, turns a man back into a man again.

You will smile, my dear heart, and wonder ‘why diis rhetoric all of a sudden?’ But if I could press your sweet white bosom to mine, I would be silent and say not a word. Since I cannot kiss with my lips I must kiss with my tongue and frame words. I could, indeed, even frame verse, German Books of Sorrow after the manner of Ovid’s Libri Tristium. He, however, had merely been banished by the Emperor Augustus; I have been banished from you, and that is something Ovid could not understand. There are, indeed, many women in the world, and a few of them are beautiful. But where else shall I find a face of which every lineament, every line even, reawakens the greatest and sweetest memories of my life? In your sweet countenance I can read even my infinite sorrows, my irreplaceable losses, and when I kiss your sweet face I kiss away my sorrow. ‘Buried in her arms, revived by her kisses’ – in your arms, that is, and by your kisses – and let the Brahmins and Pythagoras keep their doctrine of re-birth, and Christianity its doctrine of resurrection […].

Farewell my dear heart. A thousand kisses to you, and the children too, from

Your
Karl


66 thoughts on “Marxist Valentine

  1. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it,
    you might be a great author. I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back in the foreseeable future.
    I want to encourage that you continue your great posts, have
    a nice day!

  2. Have you ever thought about publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have a blog based upon on the same subjects you discuss and
    would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience
    would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

  3. Thank you for every other informative website.
    Where else may I get that kind of info written in such an ideal
    manner? I have a challenge that I’m simply now operating on, and I have
    been on the look out for such information.

  4. I don’t even know how I ended up right here, however I thought this post was great.
    I don’t recognize who you’re however definitely you are going to a famous blogger
    in case you aren’t already. Cheers!

  5. Hi, i think that i noticed you visited my site so i got here to go back
    the desire?.I’m attempting to to find issues to enhance
    my site!I suppose its adequate to use a few of your concepts!!

  6. It is really a nice and useful piece of information. I am glad that you simply shared this useful information with us.
    Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Thanks for another wonderful article. Where else could anyone get that
    type of information in such a perfect way of writing?
    I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m at the look for such information.

  8. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and
    now each time a comment is added I get four emails
    with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Thank you!

  9. Hey! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward
    to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!

  10. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to know where u got this from.
    appreciate it

  11. Aw, this was an extremely good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to create a top notch
    article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

  12. A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that you ought to publish more about this topic,
    it might not be a taboo matter but typically folks don’t discuss such topics.
    To the next! Many thanks!!

  13. I was suggested this website via my cousin. I’m no longer sure whether or not this submit is written via him as nobody else realize such
    designated approximately my difficulty. You are amazing!

    Thanks!

  14. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have
    put in writing this site. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as well.

    In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me
    to get my own site now 😉

  15. Undeniably consider that that you said. Your favorite reason appeared to be at the web the easiest thing to be mindful of.
    I say to you, I definitely get irked at the same time as other people think about issues
    that they just do not realize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest
    and outlined out the whole thing without having side-effects , other folks can take a signal.
    Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  16. I don’t know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else encountering issues with your
    blog. It appears like some of the text in your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else
    please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as
    well? This could be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen previously.
    Appreciate it

  17. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but,
    I’d like to shoot you an e-mail. I’ve got some ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

  18. Hey there I am so grateful I found your site, I really found you by
    accident, while I was searching on Yahoo for something else,
    Nonetheless I am here now and would just
    like to say thanks for a incredible post and
    a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the
    theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the moment but
    I have bookmarked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to
    read more, Please do keep up the awesome work.

  19. Greetings from California! I’m bored at work so I decided to
    check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the knowledge you
    provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, superb site!

  20. It’s appropriate time to make a few plans for the long
    run and it is time to be happy. I have read this publish and if I could
    I want to counsel you some fascinating things or advice.

    Perhaps you can write subsequent articles referring to this article.
    I wish to learn more things about it!

  21. After looking over a handful of the blog articles on your web page,
    I really like your technique of blogging. I saved
    it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near future.
    Please visit my website as well and let me know what you think.

  22. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but,
    I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some ideas for your blog you might
    be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I
    look forward to seeing it develop over time.

  23. Amazing blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really
    make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your theme.
    Many thanks

  24. Excellent weblog here! Additionally your web site rather a lot up very fast!
    What host are you using? Can I am getting your affiliate hyperlink for your host?
    I want my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  25. Attractive part of content. I simply stumbled upon your
    site and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact loved account your
    weblog posts. Any way I will be subscribing
    on your feeds or even I achievement you get admission to constantly fast.

  26. Right here is the perfect webpage for anyone who wishes to
    find out about this topic. You understand so much its almost hard to
    argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a new spin on a subject that’s been discussed for
    ages. Great stuff, just great!

  27. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all
    is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost
    a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100% certain. Any tips
    or advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

  28. Just desire to say your article is as surprising.
    The clearness for your post is simply excellent and i could think you’re knowledgeable in this subject.
    Fine together with your permission let me to seize your RSS
    feed to stay updated with forthcoming post.
    Thanks one million and please carry on the enjoyable work.

  29. I think this is one of the most important info
    for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few
    general things, The website style is wonderful, the articles is really great : D.
    Good job, cheers

  30. This design is steller! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused.

    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my
    own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job. I really loved what you had
    to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  31. Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also
    am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; many of us have created some nice
    procedures and we are looking to trade techniques with others,
    why not shoot me an email if interested.

  32. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it
    seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste your
    intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  33. Hi there are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the
    blog world but I’m trying to get started and set
    up my own. Do you need any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

  34. of course like your web site however you need to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts.
    Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it
    very bothersome to tell the truth however I’ll certainly come again again.

  35. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my site so i came
    to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  36. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board
    and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I hope to give something back and help others like you
    aided me.

  37. Remarkable things here. I’m very happy to see your post.
    Thank you so much and I’m having a look forward to touch you.
    Will you kindly drop me a mail?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *