Sometimes a few simple lines of verse can spell out scads of significance, especially when writers are reading them.
Many of the works of American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) offer examples of this truth. Dickinson wrote close to 1,800 poems. Most of these compositions saw publication only after her death. Even so, readers still ponder her work. Her poetry is included in high school curricula and college syllabi.
Here’s a telling statement on wordsmithing from Emily Dickinson:
“A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.”
Spoken and written words have power. Maybe they even take on lives of their own, as Dickinson described.
And, although Emily Dickinson was a poet, another of her statements may perhaps be applied to journalists or non-fiction writers, as well as those who craft poetry.
“Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.”
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