If you disagree that a cliche is a literary device, then think again.
Cliche is the strongest ally of a mediocre (such as
yours truly), who when in a quicksand plot uses the nearest cliche
available to haul himself out, or the gutless who is afraid to defy
norms and conventions, or the one who lacks sensitivity or subtelity,
so all he can do is rehash cliches that he has seen done before, or
someone who has very low regards to the intelligence of his audience
and does not trust them to understand his work or him through his
work, or finally it is someone who lacks self confidence in his
ability to convey understated nuances.
The mark of a genius is that his work is always far more intelligent than him.
The art is smarter than the artist.
It says more than what the artist meant to say.
We know this intuitively, but achieving unintentional
briliance is often impossible and out of reach of the mediocre.
Unintentional brilliance sometimes creeps upon a mediocre
writer only to frustrate him for the rest of his life by being
Mark of a genius is in the repeat performances,the second
winds and new beginnings into unexplored vistas.(Wow , I’ve already
slipped in a lot of trite cliches in such a short passage…VISTA is
dead,long live LONGHORN)
But there is that profound dissatisfaction, a feeling that it could be
be done better…
No artist is pleased. . . . [There is no] satisfaction whatever at any
time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest
that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
—Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille, Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham
I agree , I feel more alive (I don’t know about the others),I feel
more alive than I was before.
Here’s a paradox to ponder upon:Your history keeps changing all the
time,while your future never does.
In the end , I’m not as worried of what I’ve not seen than what I’ve
Turn back now and see with eyes wide open.
A second look at life with a brand new pair of eyes and a fresh perspective
(or a fresh pair of eyes and a brand new perspective) – that’s where
cliches die and genius is born.
(Hah! And you thought I could not tie the ends neatly…well not as
neatly as I hoped,but whatever works …works for me)