Title

This Just in From Plato

Advice for novelists, essayists, and poets everywhere from Plato, by way of our mutual writer friend

By

July 25, 2008
 

Advice for novelists, essayists, and poets everywhere from Plato, by way of our mutual writer friend Marcus Aurelius:

…he who is discoursing about men should look also at earthly things as if he viewed them from some higher place; should look at them in their assemblies, armies, agricultural labours, marriages, treaties, births, deaths, noise of the courts of justice, desert places, various nations of barbarians, feasts, lamentations, markets, a mixture of all things and an orderly combination of contraries.

I run a mental check on my novel: Assemblies (check), armies (check), agricultural labors (check), and so on. Viewed from some higher place (check). An orderly combo of contraries (double-check). Squared away! Maybe I'll add another feast. You can never have enough feasts….

Read more by

Back to Top