“The Concept of Anxiety” Explained

As anyone who has read my Twitter feeds recently can probably tell, I have been on a bit of a Kierkegaard-reading binge – partly for my study and partly for my own interest. After a particularly challenging session of reading the first chapter of The Concept of Anxiety, I composed this sonnet. Enjoy!
 
The Concept of Anxiety Explained:
 
I read the first few sections and it seems
To hinge upon the Garden, Adam stained,
And all of us caught up in spirits’ dreams
As soul and body waiver at the point
Where actuality is realised.
Don’t ask me to explain the rest; the joint,
The crux of what he’s saying, I think, lies,
In setting up, in dialectic terms,
The tension-points in Adam’s apple-feeds
And what was felt precisely when the germ
Of sin was planted as an anxious seed;
Therein the anxious concept is contained.
(It all makes perfect sense if you’re a Dane.)

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