„My own unryhmed cadences, and those of other writers are a reversion to the real English tradition of Cynewulf.“

—  F. S. Flint, Preface , 'Otherworld Cadences', Poetry Bookshop, London 1920
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English Imagist poet 1885 - 1960

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Young Shaw, hello out there.“

—  William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
In the The Bicycle Rider In Beverly Hills (1952) Saroyan additionally wrote of Shaw: He was a gentle, delicate, kind, little man who had established a pose, and then lived it so steadily and effectively that the pose had become real. Like myself, his nature has been obviously a deeply troubled one in the beginning. He had been a man who had seen the futility, meaninglessness and sorrow of life but had permitted himself to thrust aside these feelings and to perform another George Bernard Shaw, which is art and proper.

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—  Colin Wilson author 1931 - 2013
Context: The real importance of Swedenborg lies in the doctrines he taught, which are the reverse of the gloom and hell-fire of other breakaway sects. He rejects the notion that Jesus died on the cross to atone for the sin of Adam, declaring that God is neither vindictive nor petty-minded, and that since he is God, he doesn't need atonement. It is remarkable that this common-sense view had never struck earlier theologians. God is Divine Goodness, and Jesus is Divine Wisdom, and Goodness has to be approached through Wisdom. Whatever one thinks about the extraordinary claims of its founder, it must be acknowledged that there is something very beautiful and healthy about the Swedenborgian religion. Its founder may have not been a great occultist, but he was a great man. p. 280

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—  Anne of Great Britain queen of England, queen of Scotland and queen of Ireland (1702–07); queen of Great Britain (1707–14) 1665 - 1714
Anne's first speech to Parliament, contrasting her Englishness with her predecessor, William III, who was Dutch (11 March 1702), from Cobbett's parliamentary history of England. Volume VI (London: R. Bagshaw, 1810), p. 1661.

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—  Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012
Context: My favorite writers have been those who’ve said things well. I used to study Eudora Welty. She has the remarkable ability to give you atmosphere, character, and motion in a single line. In one line! You must study these things to be a good writer. Welty would have a woman simply come into a room and look around. In one sweep she gave you the feel of the room, the sense of the woman’s character, and the action itself. All in twenty words. And you say, How’d she do that? What adjective? What verb? What noun? How did she select them and put them together? I was an intense student.


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