love of language

I think my weird week is over :)

My life is so full of ......well so much.!...... living with a hubby with a chronic illness and all that it entails is at many points extremely overwhelming! It touches us in so many areas from financial to spiritual. It has touched every area of my life. It is hard for me to know how much to blog about it as I hate to come across as a whiner and yet how do you ignore such a big part of your life?
anyways I don't want to blog about it today!

I just finished reading Jane Eyre a classic to be sure. I love the old English Language. I could watch Jane Austen movies over and over...well I do watch them over and over! I love reading that language in a time where words were chosen carefully and spoken with purpose. A sentence or reply was thought about prior to speaking it. What a long way we have come since then!! with slang and a very butchered English language and where people feel the need to blather on with much ado about nothing! What a concept it is to speak with purpose!? After reading the beautiful words I even feel myself more fanciful and dreaming in the Old language. I love sentences like this excerpt
"I had a theorectical reverence and homage for beauty, elegance, gallantry, fascination; but had I met those qualities incarnate in masculine shape, I should have known instinctively that they neither had nor could have sympathy with anything in me, and should have shunned them as one would fire, lightening, or anything else that is bright but antipathetic."

I get lost in the language and time of that world. It is a great escape for me. It makes me wonder at the loss of the language today and for my children. Where slang is more prevalent and they even talk in hyphens with the OMG and LOL ROTFL.....seems to me not only are we loosing community today but the ability to communicate with any sort of purpose!

I want to make my way through all the "Classics".... do you have any favorite classics?

4 comments:

Shashi said...

I actually preached on this topic last summer, "TMI" was my title. I think I blogged it too....

http://shasherslife.blogspot.com/2009/07/power-of-words.html

Words have lost their meaning in our society but they haven't lost their power.

rena said...

We have lost so much in the way we communicate. I have come across some letters that I wrote as a pre-teen to friends who had moved away, as well as to my grandmother, and was tickled by my own eloquence back then...not to mention dramatic flair!! But I say that to say, something has been lost...the feelings and fears I was able to get out on paper were real and the act of letter writing was actually healing...I miss it. Emails don't quite to the trick...because like everything else, an email can be rushed, and haphazard, and don't need much thought...letter writing takes concentration and intention.
Great post Lala

rena said...

heh you...I've started a new blog and deleted my 3forward2back blog...if you are interested I'm now at speedbumpsandicebergs.blogspot...hope you come by and visit

love you!

J Hart F said...

I have been told that Jane Eyre is a must read, and it is on my list of books to pick up. If you want a great piece of inspirational literature to read, and it's easy, try "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. It's been translated into English, but it's wonderful and beautiful and so very inspiring. It's about finding wisdom. Truly remarkable.

I too appreciate great language! After reading your blog about Jane Eyre, I will probably be picking it up after I'm done with "Fight Club" (Which is an example of GREAT language in a graphically violent way. Boy howdy do you have to have a stomach to read that!)