Monday, July 14, 2008


"Magical words . . . are a prism of the universe; they reflect, decompose, and recombine all its wonders. The sounds imitate colours, the colours merge into harmony. The rhyme, rich or strange, swift or lingering, is inspired by poetic insight, that supreme beauty of art and triumph of genius which discovers in nature all secrets close to the human heart."
—Madame de StaĆ«l, Corinne, or Italy (1807), translated by Sylvia Raphael (1998)

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