A-Z Challenge, Challenges by Sarah

I is for Imagery

I have always thought words are beautiful. Perhaps this is one of the reasons I have long been an avid reader, and why I feel inspired to write.

I am in awe of those who are able to convey beauty through the use of word-smithery; especially the use of figurative language.

My heart aches with appreciation when I read a well crafted piece of prose, a piece of imagery or when someone is able to put into words, something that I cannot.

For today’s post I want to share some of my favourite pieces with you…

“Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.
You forget some things, dont you?
Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.”
– Cormac McCarthy, The Road

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
– Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
– J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”
– Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
– Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

“There are those hearts, reader, that never mend again once they are broken. Or if they do mend, they heal themselves in a crooked and lopsided way, as if sewn together by a careless craftsman.”- Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

“She tried to find the place in her heart where her life was anchored, but she couldn’t, so she closed her eyes and pressed the palms of her hands against the earth, making sure it was there.”
– Pam Munoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising

“Our mother had a dark heart feeling. It was as big as a sky inside a thimble. That’s how dark heart feelings are. They have great volume but can hide in small places.”
– Karen Foxlee, Lenny’s Book of Everything

“One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
– Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

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