Friday, April 29, 2011

The Queen Died and the King Died

Welcome to the Literary Blog Hop hosted by The Blue Bookcase!

This week's prompt: 
 Discuss your thoughts on sentimentality in literature.
When is emotion in literature effective and when is it superfluous?
Use examples.

My reply:
E. M. Forster wrote: 'A fact is "The queen died and the king died."
A story is "The queen died and the king died of a broken heart."'
I prefer stories.

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classic literature, and general literary discussion.


  1. That is a fantastic quote. It describes emotion in literature very nicely.

  2. I love that your post gets right to the point. Thanks for sharing that Forster quote. -Miss GOP

  3. I've always known that quote as "The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died and then the queen died of grief is a novel."

    It's a great quote either way.

  4. lovely succinct & to the point, was expecting you to argue on whether emotions exist or not.

  5. you should really teach a class in explaining complex literary concepts in 50 words or less...I love this quote!

  6. Love the brevity. It tells a story.

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  7. Perfect choice...and how timely with the royal wedding and all :)

  8. Yes it is a great quote-I need to read more Forester

  9. Perhaps this is why I work in primary schools.

  10. Yes, brevity is indeed the soul of wit. Nicely done!

  11. A comment said so succinctly,
    Is both very Queenly and Kingly!

  12. Yes it is a great quote-I have to read a lot more Forester


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