Take a lucky dip in this refreshing pool of posts, randomly selected like literary Russian roulette (but more fun and much safer). Or filter by category to take a deeper dive into specific themes.  Enjoy!

A nosegay spurned

A nosegay spurned

A touching simile to describe a young girl who feels rejected by the world.I was like one standing at the lane ends with a nosegay to offer to the...

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Soulless sparkles

Soulless sparkles

I liked this simile, likening a woman's eyes to those of a cat.   She'd got black eyes with no human soul in them, but sparkles instead, like a...

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With love

With love

Enjoy 'With Love', an online exhibition of love letters created by the UK's National Archives.  It's a fine, touching and diverse selection, both in...

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Simile of sin

Simile of sin

A pithy simile for someone sin-sunk, cleverly playing on the double meanings of 'raddle'.  . Soaked in sin like a sheep in raddle. Source: Mary...

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Appreciation is a better mode for the understanding of achievement than are all the analytical kinds of accounting for the emergence of exceptional individuals.  Appreciation may judge, but always with gratitude, and frequently with awe and wonder.  

By ‘appreciation’ I mean something more than ‘adequate esteem’.  Need also enters into it, in the particular sense of turning to the genius of others in order to redress a lack in oneself, or finding in genius a stimulus to one’s own powers, whatever these may emerge as being.

Source: Harold Bloom, Genius (London: Fourth Estate, 2002), p. 5

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