Paint The Colours In Words

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    Novelists and poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries found a heightened sense of the dramatic fitness of their own times. The raw materials of their visions were conceived in this heightened sense and were molded, not as they had been in previous centuries, in mythology, in an ancient past, in classical culture or in the Christian religion. Rather, the new tempo of the times, of modern life, was found in the private experiences of men and women who were not special people on the historical stage and in the simple observations of what was all around them. Indeed, the realities of life pressed upon ordinary men and women with heightened colouring. Poets and novelists tried to paint that colouring in words. -Ron Price with thanks to George Steiner, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Penguin, London, 1967, pp.27-29.

    Gradually, insensibly, in those
    many personal plans(1) a poetic
    sense of dramatic fitness
    invaded my consciousness:
    something in me caught fire.

    So it was that I came to be
    always adding a bit-here
    or taking away a bit-there--
    and I'm not talking about
    pounds or inches off my
    waist, mate, but about
    trying to say it right and
    an epic slowly penetrated
    my sensory emporium with
    a feeling of religious values
    and practice during all this
    process of adding a bit here
    and a bit there, yessireebob.(2)

    My inner struggle could take form,
    could express salient ideas, could
    create its own mosaic, its own
    portrait of myself, my religion and
    my society in the midst of a bustling,
    jagged and complex realness, a warp
    and weft of numerous strands constantly
    interwoven into a thick mesh of necessary
    density in a space entitled:Pioneering Over
    Four Epochs--an immense memoir--so
    immense that nobody would read it.

    (1) 1979-1986, 1986-1992 and other plans.
    (2) Such was the nature of Virgil’s Aeneid. See ibid., p.78.

    Ron Price
    29 March 2002
    19/5/08 for
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