Sunday, 7 March 2010

Oh well Orwell.


Ode to Orwell.


Hello George, do you mind if I call you George,
what do you think of the Big Brother series?

'A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase'.

I am inclined to agree with you George,
here, watching the London Eye spin bodies.
Any thoughts on the underclass George,
and the socio-economic crises?

'A tragic situation exists precisely not when virtue does not triumph; but when it is felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him'.

Globalisation- good or bad Orwell?
Is the war in Afghanistan our duty?

'Political language- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind'.

Very eloquently expressed Orwell,
now may I ask of the arts and beauty?
of texting and Myspace and Facebook, Orwell?
are these tools of expression or just empty?

'Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it'.

Too true; here we are at the Tate modern
any advice for a writing intern?

'For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity'.