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Deities and Nectar of Wisdom: Avatars and Signatures

THIS TOPIC IS INSPIRED BY DISCUSSIONS IN THE FORUM about the use of pseudonyms by members of Writers’ Dock. The use of avatars is closely linked to this and it seems logical to examine this in some detail.    Descent in Human Form: Avatar is a Sanskrit word rooted in the Hindu concept of ‘descent […]

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Language in Writing: Barbed Wire or Enchanting Portals?

EZRA POUND (1885 – 1972), THE AMERICAN POET AND CRITIC MAKES THIS OBSERVATION about the language used by fellow American poet, Walt Whitman: You can learn more of nineteenth century America from Whitman than any other writers . . . The only way to enjoy Whitman thoroughly is to concentrate on his fundamental meaning. If you […]

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What’s in a Name? The Importance of Titles

GOLDEN LANGUR CONSIDERS WHAT THE TITLE OF A WRITTEN PIECE LENDS TO THE WHOLE. A. L. Kennedy, the judge of 2011 Bridport Short Story and Flash Fiction Prize, commented: A number of writers seemed to have real difficulty finding a title that would help them . . . She went on to say that the […]

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The Narrative Voice

STORY TELLING IS AS HOARY AS THEY COME. But, before the Renaissance, the voice of the storyteller was that of the religious-cultural orthodoxy of the time. In his magnum opus, The Dialogic Imagination, Mikhail Bakhtin (1865-1975), a Russian scholar of literature and language, whose works have influenced theories of the narrative in western literature, argued […]

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The Writer/Poet as Prophet: What Do You Think?

STEPHEN KING, THE WELL-KNOWN AMERICAN WRITER, says that a writer must write the type of book/poetry that he/she wants to read. In his work, Culture and Anarchy, Matthew Arnold (1822 – 88), the English poet and literary critic, argued that a society needs more than the gratification of the individual, more than scientific knowing and […]

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