Longinus thought that the best way to depict the sublime was through the literature or written expression. Literature is a useful tool when delving into the experience of the sublime because it lets us experience it without living through the actual experience ourselves. Perhaps this sounds terribly passive of me to say, but with so many definitions and theories of the sublime and grotesque running around our heads at this point in the semester, I think it is literature that is the best way to escape the limitations of our own realities because we are all so tunnel-visioned.
I feel as though I may be rambling a bit and I may have just spoken myself through some circular logic, but perhaps that is perfect since I am ending with what we started out on. I wanted to end on Longinus, because it is where it all began and where we keep stemming from in our explorations of the sublime and grotesque. I was once again reminded of the artwork of Vladimir Kush when reflecting on the theory of Longinus. Vladimir Kush does an excellent job of capturing the blissful sublime of the written world and how it bends reality.
Plenty of what Longinus said was contradictory and based upon promised documents that were never created, but one thing that really stuck with me was the fact that the written word can move someone to have a sublime experience. This is not to say that we are all about to proceed into mystic fits of sublimity, but with the right words the feeling of the sublime can be communicated from one to another. The sublime and the grotesque can both be present in this communication because there is such a subjective nature to the interpretations of both. As much as we have covered many theorists and pieces of work talking about the nature of the sublime and grotesque, it really comes back to Longinus because it is the written word that has moved and educated us on what is sublime and grotesque.