Aristotle says in the Poetics, said Henry, that objects such as corpses, painful to view in themselves, can become delightful to contemplate in a work of art.
And I believe Aristotle is correct. After all, what are the scenes in poetry graven on our memories, the ones that we love the most? Precisely these. The murder of Agamemnon and the wrath of Achilles. Dido on the funeral pyre. The daggers of the traitors and Caesar’s blood .