Never thought of emotions as spherical before, but grasp the need for their many-sided expression.  And the fact that emotions being often neither only positive nor negative, but sometimes ‘both together and something even more’, you need all the adjectives you can get your hands on to express them.

Having just embarked on the great voyage of reading Kazantzakis 33,333 line Odyssey, I suspect I’m in for an adjectival feast of epic proportions.  Wonder how many amazing triologisms I’ll find woven into the tapestry.  Keep you posted.

‘I love adjectives, but not simply as decoration. I feel the necessity of expressing my emotion from all sides, spherically; and because my emotion is never simple, never positive or negative only, but both together and something even more, it is impossible for me to restrict myself to one adjective.’

Source: quoted in the introduction to Nikos Kazantzakis, The Odyssey: A modern sequel, by Kimon Friar, illus. Ghika (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958), p. xxxii


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