Monday, February 29, 2016

"Words" by Virginia Woolf




"Words belong to each other...Of course, you can catch them and sort them and place them in alphabetical order in dictionaries. But words do not live in dictionaries; they live in the mind. If you want proof of this, consider how often in moments of emotion when we most need words we find none. Yet there is the dictionary; there at our disposal are some half-a-million words all in alphabetical order. But can we use them? No, because words do not live in dictionaries, they live in the mind."

I agree, words live inside the mind.  What is written is of direct correlation between mind and heart.  If I could not feel or remember the feeling, I could not properly demonstrate the rhetoric of my own poetics.  Nor could I comprehend it from that of others.

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