But i have hard time putting this on my profile page : ( what i'm doing is using the left clicker of my mouse & highlighting the stamp. I then click it with my right clicker and then click 'Copy Image'
I then go to my profile, click on that lil' pencil thingy, scroll done to the area i want to paste it, I click it and nothing happens PLZ HELP ..........
Look at the side below '+fav this', 'groups' etc and you'll see a bracket called details (on mobile devices it's found under the 'i') - copy the code listed under "Thumb" and paste it in fx your journal, then it should work unless dA has changed something.
I believe in listening to what I like regardless of genre, but still acknowledge the bands that helped shaping the subculture. That said, I do like Sisters of Mercy, The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees I also see goth as a lifestyle rather than just music or fashion.
Personally I've already read the literature you mention (as well as I've read Byrons poems, "The Castle of Ortranto" and "Wuthering Heights" just to mention a few) and yes much of it has indeed influenced the gothic subculture, and I agree that loads of the gothic aesthetic pull inspiration from haunted graveyards and such; but that doesn't change that the modern goth movement is often bundled up with the 70's punk movement simply because they began showing up at the same time in a lot of the same venues (partly also because most average people didn't know the distinctions).
Personally I am mostly into corsets, frilly skirts and absinthe by candlelight, rather than safety-pins and shredded fishnet; I love classical art and old buildings, I love ghost stories, vampires and folklore. I listen to Vivaldi, Beethoven and Grieg, as well as occasionally Sisters of Mercy or The Cure; high heavens forbid, I even dabble in certain genres of metal.
I even smile sometimes *puts tongue firmly in cheek*
That being said, I guess we can agree that the gothic aesthetic, regardless of the medium it's presented through is a pretty fabulous one.
*Shrugs* To each their own as they say, I am not going to judge those who prefer the 1970's goth look to those who prefer the look of the 1870's as long as they're happy with their own aesthetic. Thanks for the inputs though.