Passages: From The Pendragon Legend, by Antal Szerb

Yellow Crane in the Rain

“Your way of life isn’t compatible with premeditated murder. I don’t think you’d even pick a flower, you have such a horror of any form of violence. I don’t intend any praise by this. You are neither a good man nor a bad man: the intellectual type cannot be forced into either category. You could be capable, out of selfishness or love of comfort, of omitting to do things which any decent man would do for his fellow creatures. But you would be incapable of doing anything which might deliberately hurt another. You’re too passive for that.”

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For two days she might be seen with a Chinese engineer, then for a week with a Canadian farmer, who made way for a French gigolo, who would himself be replaced by an aging German classical philologist on tour and a Polish ping-pong champion simultaneously. And all these lovers, and myself, would…

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Questions for St. Augustine

Yellow Crane in the Rain

The key passage:

To your grace and to your mercy I ascribe it that you have dissolved my sins as if they were ice. To your grace I ascribe also whatsoever evils I have not done…. Who is the man who will reflect on his weakness, and yet dare to credit his chastity and innocence to his own powers, so that he loves you the less, as if he had little need for that mercy by which you forgive sins to those who turn to you. There may be someone who has been called by you, and has heeded your voice, and has shunned those deeds which he now hears me recalling and confessing of myself. Let him not laugh to scorn a sick man who has been healed by that same physician who gave him such aid that he did not fall ill, or rather that he…

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Book Review: The Song of Songs

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Set me as a signet upon thy heart, as a signet upon thy arm!
For strong as death is love, hard as Sheol is passion. The flames of
it are flames of fire: a flame of Jehovah.
Great waters are not able to quench love, and floods drown it
not.

Poetry will forever be that child—both ever-youthful and ancient—that playfully slips into the cracks of the centuries and laughingly says, ”I’m wordy silence and silent words.” The Song of Songs proves that, indeed, good poetry has always the ability to move the reader regardless of the era of its composition.

Good poetry immerses the reader not merely in a world where beautiful words abound, but in a world brimming with eternal, human truths cocooned in the sacred veil of mysticism.

The Song of Songs reads not only as one of the finest examples of poetic creation but, also, as one of the most exquisite erotic compositions ever conceived. With stunning imagery and resourceful, vibrant language, it offers a unique celebration of passion and sexual love between two lovers. The reader is exposed to the voices of two lovers who praise each other and yearn for each other’s physical presence.

The two lovers rejoice in their profound desire for each other, expressing their sexual intimacy with a burning holiness that paints their union with a mystical spirituality. Thus, this part of the Ketuvim is rendered a text of unparalleled literary value.

Is Language a barrier in Writing?

IDLE MUSER (aka Aditi)

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.
‒Frank Smith

This is something which has been one of the main worries of the amateur writers or those who want to kick off their writing journey that if their writings are not technically correct, nobody would be interested in reading them. And, unfortunately, that is true to an extent. Yes, technicalities do matter; technicalities are considered while somebody (I do consider) goes through your writing. Won’t your taste spoil quite a lot bit if, while savoring a tasty dish, you chew a tiny raw piece of garlic (those who like garlic, please substitute it with an item you can’t stand) accidentally? Same happens on stumbling upon a technical error in a beautiful story.
In fact, most of the people who contacted me, emailed me to talk about their writing- their worry…

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