It’s not a state secret
That E mail is not written.
Why is this when ordinarily
Good writers are writing it?
The reason is that E mail
Is inherently bad -- in and of itself
And if the most elegant and pains-
Taking care and craft were taken
With its execution the result
Would be inelegant, ugly, cheap
Clap trap and disgusting.
E mail just doesn’t think
Nor does it “write".
A message that cannot wait three days
Is probably not at all urgent
Or worthy of delivery.
We know this
Because the messages of great importance
Have had no standardized delivery rate
Whether by horse, human runner, or the
Flash of mirror from Querebus to Puylaurens.
A cable can be handed to you
With a flourish, terse language
Pasted on crisp paper --
What an occasion!
Of course that is why it’s ascendant
And will probably be final -- unless
When the lights go out the goose quill
Hath another day.
Missed our #Shakespeare First Folio at yesterday’s talk? Another chance to view at our Open Day: photo via Guildhall Library @GuildhallLib, 19 June 2013
Goose quill pen: artist unknown, c. 18th c., via Jane Austen's World, 17 November 2011
Favourite Gunpowder fact: One plotter wrote secret letters in orange juice to his lover while he was in the Tower: image via Dainty Ballerina @DaintyBallerina, 4 November 2014
The English poet and soldier Wilfred Owen was killed in action #onthisday in 1918. #WWI: image via The British Library @britishlibrary, 4 November 2014
#ChateauDeQueribus #Aude #CheminCathare #Brume: image via Ludivine Félix @GingerLudi, 16 September 2014
#onthis day in 1957 Jack Kerouac's On the Road was first published. Read his inspirations: image via The British Library @britishlibrary, 5 September 2014
When writing an email, don't think electronic, think EVIDENCE: image via Hospitality Lawyer @hospitality_law, 23 October 2014
Three ways most #marketers screw up #email subject line split tests: image via Ecoconsultancy @Ecoconsultancy, 2 November 2014
Remise des prix du concours départemental de labours à #puylaurens Bonne image pour les jeunes #agriculteurs: image via Philippe Folliot @philippefolliot, 25 August 2013
L'exterieur Francais #puylaurens: image by Jennifer Adam @RubiedMoon, 4 June 2013
Shakespeare’s First Folio currently on display at U of T's rare book library: image via Torontoist @torontoist, 22 September 2014
The plays of #Shakespeare were written by……Shakespeare! 1st folio at @bodleianlibs #HappyBirthdayShakespeare: image via Matthew Ward @HistoryNedsYou, 23 April 2014
Love this: @FolgerLibrary's s copy of Shakespeare 1st folio features a child's doodles: image via The Appendix @appendixjournal, 17 October 2014
Shakespeare's birthday is celebrated today! Here's a list of his original cast from our copy of the First Folio: image by Glasgow Uni p Coll @GUspcoll, 23 April 2014
Fantastic! Shakespeare's First Folio 1623 Inspiring wrinkles, worn edges & stains! Thanks @StratPerthMuse @stratfest: image via Josue Laboucane, 17 August 2014
Edward Dorn (1929-1999): On first looking into Shakespeare’s Folios just after Christmas 1998, at the New British Library (unpublished, courtesy Jennifer Dunbar Dorn)
"...a poem of Ed's called "On First Looking into Shakespeare's Folios" that I discovered on computer while I was there. Ed sure wanted out before the new millennium crashed in, didn't he?" -- J.D.D.
Ed was a wonderful letter writer, and he wrote most often by hand, using those writerly tools of lost epochs, pen and ink. (To us, in any case, he never wrote electronically. At times I suspected he associated email with the hand of the assassin.) He wrote in a singular, expressive hand that moved with the thought, now swift, now slower. His voice could be heard in it. Getting a letter from him was indeed always an occasion!