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Little Lessons from the Masters, III

Here are two from Coleridge.  From a letter:

My dear fellow!  never be ashamed of scheming! -- you can't think of living less than 4,000 years, and that would nearly suffice for your present schemes.  To be sure, if they go on in the same ratio to the performance, then a small difficulty arises; but never mind! look on the bright side always and die in a dream!

And from a journal:

The common end of all narrative, nay, of all, poems is to convert a series into a whole:  to make those events, which in real or imagined History, move in a strait Line, assume to our Understandings a circular motion -- the snake with it's tail in it's mouth.


Apr. 17th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Dreaming is Bad
Not for writers of horror, many of whom are self-proclaimed lucid dreamers. Lovecraft's dreams were the source of many of his early stories--but the nightmares as he wrote them down in letters are (to me) scarier than the published fiction.
Apr. 18th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Re: Dreaming is Bad
Coleridge loved to stare at things, and God bless him for that. I mean really stare. He could stare so hard sometimes his eye-stalks crackled, like when you pull the wrapper from a hard candy. It was very distracting to opera-goers.