The over-indulgence and general lethargy of the Christmas period seems to have somehow over-ridden my usual unstoppable urge to do! Even my blogging has hit a bit of a roadblock. The ideas are still there, but the will to sit at my desk and write is not. I’ve barely even switched my computer on!
I am hardly the epitome of ‘writative’, but I’ve usually got more to say than I do at the moment! I thought Byron would be a good choice to fit the writative model though. Lord George Gordon Byron to give him his full title. An impressively prolific poet considering he only lived to 36 years of age, he was one of the key figures from the English Romantic period. He always had something to say!
- (archaic) inclined to much writing; correlating to talkative.
- marked by the desire or inclination to write.
Derivation: from write, possibly modelled on talkative.
talkative but less writative.”
Byron was not only writative, he was also a very colourful character, and something of a celebrity in his time. He was notorious for his excesses and his proclivity for living in a tangled web of love affairs with both women and men, including a scandalous rumoured illicit relationship with his own half-sister.
Reading a little about the lives of Romantic writers like Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge is fascinating. It serves as a very useful reminder that, although language may have changed quite considerably over the intervening 200 years or so, actually many of the same threads of social acceptability, scandal, and intrigue hold true. Behind the flowery, archaic language of our forebears there can be some very interesting characters indeed!
Still only in his mid-twenties, Byron wrote the short lyric poem, She Walks in Beauty. I think it is a lovely example of Romantic writative style at it’s best. The Romantic poets really knew the full power of the English language. After all, sometimes less is not more, especially when describing someone that makes your heart skip a beat!
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
I’ve really enjoyed the holidays, but I am now also really looking forward to getting back to normal. The routine of daily life and the business of day to day family goings on is calling me. So here’s to a happy, healthy 2015 for us all, and a productive year of writing!