Joseph Conrad on Writing & Art Part Four

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Fiction — if it at all aspires to be art — appeals to temperament. And in truth it must be, like painting, like music, like all art, the appeal of one temperament to all the other innumerable temperaments whose subtle and resistless power endows passing events with their true meaning, and creates the moral, the emotional atmosphere of the place and time. Such an appeal to be effective must be an impression conveyed through the senses; and, in fact, it cannot be made in any other way, because temperament, whether individual or collective, is not amenable to persuasion. All art, therefore, appeals primarily to the senses, and the artistic aim when expressing itself in written words must also make its appeal through the senses, if its high desire is to reach the secret spring of responsive emotions. It must strenuously aspire to the plasticity of sculpture, to the color of painting, and to the magic suggestiveness of music — which is the art of arts. And it is only through complete, unswerving devotion to the perfect blending of form and substance; it is only through an unremitting never-discouraged care for the shape and ring of sentences that an approach can be made to plasticity, to color, and that the light of magic suggestiveness may be brought to play for an evanescent instant over the commonplace surface of words: of the old, old words, worn thin, defaced by ages of careless usage.

joseph conrad

joseph conrad

Joseph Conrad [3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924] was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. He joined the British merchant marine in 1878, and was granted British nationality in 1886. Though he did not speak English fluently until he was in his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. He wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an impassive, inscrutable universe.

Conrad is considered an early modernist, though his works still contain elements of 19th-century realism. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced many authors, including T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Graham Greene, and Salman Rushdie. Many films have been adapted from, or inspired by, Conrad’s works.

Writing in the times when the sun never set on the British Empire, Conrad drew on, among other things, his native Poland’s national experiences, and his personal experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create short stories and novels that reflect aspects of a European-dominated world – including imperialism and colonialism – while profoundly exploring human psychology. (Wikipedia w/ editing by j.kiley)

Weekly Writing Challenge #56

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Five Words: [ PROOF – SHARE – SECRET – BEND – SCOOP ]

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Poetry Suggestions
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Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines–no rhymes–multiple stanzas[own choice]–follow meter
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem-any theme
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables
Free Verse – No Limitations
All Use Syllable Count Except Free Verse
[Anything goes in Free Verse]
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions
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Fictional Suggestions
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Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery-Sci-Fi–Fantasy–Horror–Literary
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SUGGESTIONS FOR FLASH FICTION
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement
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Remembrance: Marcel Proust #64

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #64
Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

Illusion of Continuity

“For what we suppose
to be our love
or our jealousy
is never a single,
continuous
and
indivisible passion.
It is composed
of an infinity
of successive loves,
of different jealousies,
each of which is ephemeral,
although
by their uninterrupted multiplicity
they give us
the impression
of continuity,
the illusion of unity.”

― Marcel Proust

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The New Colossus

The New Colossus on bronze plague - poet Emma Lazarus

The New Colossus on bronze plague – poet Emma Lazarus

THE NEW COLOSSUS

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

~ Emma Lazarus ~

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‘The New Colossus’ was written by Emma Lazarus. Created in 1883 for The Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York City, New York, U.S.. At first Emma refused but Constance Cary Harrison convinced her that the statue would be of great significance to immigrants sailing into the harbor. “The New Colossus” was the first entry read at the exhibit’s opening, but was forgotten and played no role at the opening of the statue in 1886. In 1901, Lazarus’s friend Georgina Schuyler began an effort to memorialize Lazarus and her poem, which succeeded. The text of the Sonnet was engraved on a bronze plaque in 1903 and mounted inside the monument on the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

David: Episode 1

This is the series of the story of David. It is a rather strange, weird, yet humorous story about a person who doesn’t have great prospects.

David: Episode 1

Episode 1: In the series premiere of ‘David’ starring Nathan Fielder, David is told he has five weeks to live.

Written & Directed by: Dean Fleischer-Camp
Starring: Nathan Fielder, Jenny Slate, Chris Jonen, Nelson Cheng, Brandi Austin, Sally Berman, Noel Arthur, Tony Cronin, Savannah Zapata, Raquel Bell, Victor Carrera, Bill Walton
Production Company: MEMORY

What Is Over – Release

Have you ever received an unwanted piece of mail, suspiciously guarding the identity. Curiosity causes one to open the unknown. Today, I received this kind of envelope. Never should have looked inside. If you are familiar with Harry Potter, it was from a Dementor. It enraged me, this unwelcome intrusion. I give you a poem I discovered from a post back several years. It conveys the exact nature of what to do when Dementors invade your protected space via a sneak attack. – j.kiley

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‘Dementor’ by Staz Johnson  – Negative by j.kiley

WHAT IS OVER – RELEASE

burn up the pages of memories
one wished had never been lived
images better left behind

not knowing the looks of evil
does not mean it can’t be destroyed
cast out by the cleansed energy
that surrounds & protects you

rise up like the phoenix
let your life begin again
a message for us all

~ anonymous self ~

phoenix-golden

Rise of the Phoenix – Anonymous