The Color of Words

For all of us who love words, here’s a brilliant passage by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, also known by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo. Hearn, a 19th century journalist, writer and English professor best known for his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories, was born in and named for the Ionian island of Lefkada in Greece. His father was Irish; his mother Greek.

“People cannot see the colour of words, the tints of words, the secret ghostly motion of words . . . they cannot hear the whispering of words, the rustling of the procession of letters, the dream-flutes and dream-drums which are thinly and weirdly played by words. . . . they cannot perceive the pouting of words, the frowning and fuming of words, the weeping, the raging and racketing and rioting of words.”

~ Patrick Lafcadio Hearn

 

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