Sunday, January 13, 2008


Because it's Jane Austen season on PBS
In honor of tonight's U.S. television debut of the new ITV production of Jane Austen's Persuasion, here's one of the most popular quotes from the novel for you, in the context of its entire paragraph. Oh, and for the interested, I provided a very short and completely incomplete cheat sheet in the comments of Friday's Persuasion post. The quote (about learning romance) comes from early on in the book, when Anne Elliot is thinking about the choice she was persuaded to make when she was nineteen, which was to renounce Frederick Wentworth, the man she loved, for financial and other security reasons:

How eloquent could Anne Elliot have been,——how eloquent, at least, were her wishes on the side of early warm attachment, and a cheerful confidence in futurity, against that over-anxious caution which seems to insult exertion and distrust Providence!——She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older——the natural sequence of an unnatural beginning.

On revision

From the very wise and talented Jennifer Hubbard, with whom I spent so much time at ALA yesterday:

One byproduct of the revision process is doubt. . . . The inner critic helps identify trouble spots. The inner critic tries not to let me get away with crap. The inner critic keeps me working when I might get lazy. But sometimes, one must stuff a pillow in the inner critic's mouth and listen to the story.

On poetry

"All poems are journeys. The best poems take long journeys. I like poetry best that journeys——while remaining in the human scale——to the other world, which may be a place as easily overlooked as a bee's wing." ~Robert Bly

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