The Muses Companion

The Muses Companion – February 11, 2024

Good day, readers. Today is February 11th, the 42nd day of the year 2024, with 324 days remaining.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anais Nin

Today in Literary History:

On this day in 1847, Thomas Edison, an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America’s greatest inventor, was born. Known for his many contributions to modern technology, Edison’s life and works have been extensively documented in biographies and studies that explore the intersection of innovation, business, and intellectual property.

Notable Birthdays:

Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969), an American actress, producer, and businesswoman, celebrates her birthday today. Known for her role in the television sitcom Friends, Aniston has influenced popular culture significantly and her work often intersects with literary themes through film adaptations and narrative-driven productions.

Today’s Readings:

From a biography of Thomas Edison: “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Literary Fact of the Day:

On February 11, 1922, the first issue of Reader’s Digest was published. This magazine, aimed at a broad audience, quickly became popular for its condensed versions of articles, books, and anecdotes. It has played a significant role in shaping public opinion and tastes in literature and continues to influence the publishing world.

Poem of the Day:

“A Dream Within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Advice for Writers:

Inspired by Thomas Edison’s dedication and perseverance, remember that writing, much like inventing, often requires persistence and hard work. Embrace the process of revision and persistence in your craft, as the effort you put into refining your work can lead to significant breakthroughs.

Have a thoughtful and productive day, dear readers. Until tomorrow, may your creative endeavors be fruitful and your insights deep.

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