” THE PEN IS MIGHTIER ……… ” after Edward Bulwer-Lytton 1839

July 7, 2012

“True, This! —
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! — itself a nothing! —
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword —
States can be saved without it! ”    E Bulwer-Lytton

How many times has the phrase been quoted ?
” The pen is mightier than the sword ”
But how many times has it been noted ?
not when the written word goes unheard
so when 20,000 books went up in smoke May 1933
did the pages tear free and put out the flames
no, they lay consumed, completely defenceless
Heine, Mann, Wells, Remarque were some of their names
words can exalt, protect and dignify
as well as do the opposite
but words without actions are meaningless
the actions not preferable but requisite
the pen is as mighty as the sword
depending on the situation
but words alone are simply letters
placed in a particular formation.

For the pen to be mightier than the sword
it must have a single additional part
for the pen to be mightier than the sword
the ink must flow straight from the human heart.

 

J. Coughlan ©2008

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