As warm as …

As warm as …

A surprising simile, something as ordinary and comforting as warm tea, here poured differently to describe a stream of blood.  Steerpike is the worst person in the granite pile of Gormenghast – may we all be spared his scheming type. ‘The blood, streaming...
As ripe as …

As ripe as …

Swelter is assailed by life-sapping loathing for Flay, who returns the compliment.  Their battle is astounding for its intensity and outcome. Here a bursting simile for murderous hatred ready to pop. ‘… while Swelter, whose frustrated blood-lust was ripe...
Writing on wheels

Writing on wheels

Another in a series of accounts by John Steinbeck’s wife, Elaine, of his perpetual search for the perfect writing space. This bright idea came of his frustration at one point of a writing room which had no sound insulation and therefore no privacy. But his...
I got me…

I got me…

More loving lines from George Herbert’s ‘Easter’ poem. Herbert was a cleric and his poem is religious, but even if you aren’t, this has a wholehearted generosity to it; one person bringing what feels like armfuls of gifts to another, only to...
Can there be any day but this?

Can there be any day but this?

These lovely lines are from George Herbert’s poem ‘Easter’, and that is the day of which he says there is but one.  Whether or not you celebrate Easter, it struck me as a reminder to treat each day as a unique bundle of time, life and, if we’re...
The urge of bees

The urge of bees

A charming way to convey the genesis of ideas or desires, likening them to the urge of bees to make honey. They are already buzzing about our garden, prodding nooks and crannies for suitable nests.   ‘It follows that the human intellect Can’t have the...
The sin of fence-sitting

The sin of fence-sitting

Clearly, sitting on the fence, hedging your bets, watching which way the wind blows, is a sin which leads to hell and a suitably inverted punishment. For having never run in one direction or another in your life (‘never-living sprinters’), you are...
Frayed by sin

Frayed by sin

A surprising one, this, as sin is often presented, nowadays, as socially acceptable, even desirable ‘vice’ – something naughty-but-nice, essentially pleasurable and barely tainted by guilt (or is guilt the only sin left?) Dante suggests instead that...
As the falcon flies

As the falcon flies

Even the rhythm of this simile conveys something of a great bird’s single, confident swoop to land precisely on a specific, awaiting glove. ‘But flying, as the falcon to the gloveSwoops home when signalled.’ For another sleek and powerful bird in...

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