02 June 2015
Some people have the gift of the gab. They tell stories better for they imbue common anecdotes of life with such extraordinary colour that even a search for a missing pair of spectacles becomes an exotic treasure hunt! They convincingly make you believe in their perspective for you are spellbound by their choice of words and the smoothness of their arguments. They make you laugh with the effortless ease of their wit and repartee. So often have i come away from such an interaction awestruck and totally bemused by the sorcery of their words. Am convinced they deserve this respect and admiration.
As for great writers they are the wizards of articulacy and i bow my head in reverence to them again and again. Their eloquence, their verbal flow so often leaves me awestruck. I wonder how is it that some passages, some stanzas, some lines flash upon your “inward eye” time and again… motivating you, inspiring you, providing solace or sometimes just expressing perfectly exactly what you were thinking! As a student of English Literature there are dozens of writers and poets whose words line the quotes-wall of my mind…Shakespeare being chief among them. But today after glancing through the morning newspaper something triggered the memory of that rhetorical flourish with which Charles Dickens opens his novel “A Tale Of Two Cities”
Could anything be a more telling, a more brilliant comment on all that is going on in the world….
“It was the best of times, it was worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light, it was a season of Darkness,
it was the spirit of hope, it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us, we had nothing before us,
we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way –
in short. the period was so far like the present period. . . ”