Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The wisdom of Edgar Allan Poe...(part 2)
"Words have no power to impress the mind
without the exquisite horror of their reality."
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
My trusty personal advisor reminds me that Poe had a very reflective frame of mind, think "The Raven," that macabre nightmare he reduced to words in 1845.
I think it would most plausibly be a writer who would talk about words the way Poe does in the epigram above….words of course serve the purpose of communication, but they are more than a medium, they are a tool, the messenger of love, even a weapon at times….
Now you're talkin' !
...and by the way, my personal advisor adds:
"...and then there are times when words are purposefully used to create non-reality, to conjure a world gone by, a new future world, an alien world...words joined end-to-end, lumped in a paragraph, paragraphs become pages, pages become books..."
Other wisdom of Mr. Poe
The wisdom of Chief Joseph