8 Apr 2012
G. Murphy Donovan
For Graham Greene; a freshly minted poke of cliches.
Words are never adequate to experience. More words usually mean less meaning. But, we speak and write nonetheless. English words may be the best; voluminous, expansive,and accomodating. And what of transient meaning and cliches; who cares? Cliches revel in repitition. Imitation is the stuff of rhetorical immortality. All literature is the search for a better metaphor - not better meaning.
Some do it better than others, Dalrymple for example. The only necessary virtues are trust, regret, and courage: Trust that we might try; regret, knowing when the mark is missed; and courage that we might try again. Trying is the exertion that precedes the prize we never win. And still, improvement is every effort's consolation trophy.