Thomas de Quincey, Joan of Arc
Accidental death in full splendor. You may think this is a film still. It is not. It's a documentary shot of an undesigned traffic crash.
To die in beauty is to die not in vain. The radical aesthete.
When (to me) death takes you and puts you thru the wringer, it's a man. But when you kill yourself it's a woman.
Anne Sexton in a letter to Anne Clark, Feb 1964
This is grotesque.