If we are to write a prelude of our own, what should it contain? Here are a few suggestions:
- Focus on setting: place and time in terms of date, day, year or season.
- Lyrical poetry: descriptive and mood-driven rather than narrative.
- Style: Eliot chose Stream of Consciousness, more abstract than concrete, so select the approach which would best suit your intentions.
- Intention: Leave the reader with the sense that this was an introduction. Set the scene for an imagined main body of writing, but do not write the second part.
I am reading the book The Aviator's Wife...I just started it. I thought of the era and what a young woman might feel like saying good-bye to her husband, as he soars above her. It is the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, a poet and author. Yes, she was married to the famous, Charles Lindbergh. His mistress was the sky!
Down On Earth
Strawberry juice stains her fingers
red rimmed circles align her eyes
her posture droops in the midday heat
the plane hums and darts above her like a white falcon
playfully soaring and gliding
her gray drab dress
doesn't share his joy
as she waves both hands towards the kite blue sky
horizon's view of yellow blurred by the sun's winking eye.
© Ellen Wilson