E is for Ernest Hemingway

| April 24, 2014

Ernest Hemingway was not only one of the most influential writers of the 20th century but also just an all around badass dude. He’s one of my favorite authors personally, and really changed the way stories were written in English. I’m in the English Ed program so I think about lot of literature when it comes to aesthetics in the classroom. I know that in a lot of respects Hemingway is old news but I think there is something really special about his writing from a purely aesthetic stand point and I don’t think literature is looked at enough in the English classroom through an artistic lens.

Here’s what I think is an awesome quote from his novel For Whom The Bell Tolls where he is describing two people having sex: “For him it was a dark passage which led to nowhere, then to nowhere, then again to nowhere, once again to nowhere, always and forever to nowhere, heavy on the elbows in the earth to nowhere, dark, never any end to nowhere, hung on all time always to unknowing nowhere, this time and again for always to nowhere, now not to be borne once again always and to nowhere, now beyond all bearing up, up, up and into nowhere, suddenly, scaldingly, holdingly all nowhere gone and time absolutely still and they were both there, time having stopped and he felt the earth move out and away from under them.”

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