“But when from a long-distance past nothing subsist, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, taste and smell alone, more fragile but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, remain poised a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, amid the ruins of the rest; and bear unflinchingly, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.”
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time (Vol. 1)
In our class today we looked at the idea of the catalyst, how we can recognise them in song, poetry and prose; and drawing from these we began to talk about how we, as young writers, can employ them within our writings. Using Nick Mulvey’s song Cucurucu we looked at the ways in which we can create the scene, draw out from the scene and find the keys that will give us words. Mulvey’s song, influenced by D H Lawrence’s Piano, a poem written at the turn of the 20th century, draws on these ideas of memory, time and experience.