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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Quote of the Day

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more
purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

When I first read this I thought -- "Wha?" No poet is associated more with exotic imagery than Coleridge. But thinking back on his most famous poems I was struck by how plain the language was. Read "Kubla Khan" [here] and note the simplicity of the words.

Then go here and note the exotic forms used by Keats in "La Belle Dame Sans Merci".

Quite a difference -- no?

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