Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se re pondent. Scents, colours,
and sounds echo one another. " Charles Baudelaire Les Fleurs du mal,'Correspondances'.
The echo began in some indescribable way to undermine her hold
on life.Coming at a moment when she chanced to be
fatigued, it had managed to murmur, 'Pathos, piety,
couragethey exist, but are identical, and so is filth.
Everything exists, nothing has value.' E(dward) M(organ) Forster A Passage to India, ch.14.
She taught me what her uncle once taught her: How easily the
biggest coal block split If you got the
grain and hammer angled right. The sound of that
relaxed alluring blow, Its co-opted and
obliterated echo, Taught me to hit,
taught me to loosen, Taught me between
the hammer and the block To face the music.
Teach me now to listen, To strike it rich
behind the linear black. SeamusJustin Heaney The Haw Lantern,'Clearances: In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911^1984'.
Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose
petal down the Grand
Canyon and waiting for the echo. Don(ald Robert Perry) Marquis Quoted in E Anthony
O Rare Don Marquis (1962), ch.6.
Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen Within thy airy
shell By slow meander's margent
green, And in the
violet-embroidered vale. John Milton Comus, A Mask, l.230^3.
The whole wide world is a cathedral; I stand inside, the
air is calm, And from afar at
times there reaches My ear the echo of
a psalm. Boris Pasternak When It Clears Up (translated by Lydia Pasternak
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move
easiest who have learned to dance. 'Tis not enough no
harshness gives offence, The sound must seem
an echo to the sense. Alexander Pope An Essay on Criticism, l.362^5.
Art is dedicated echo. George Sandys Quoted inJohn
Gassner and SidneyThomas (eds) The Nature of Art (1964).