At length, after many years had passed, men began to write down these tales, so that they might not be forgotten.
And the minstrel who had a good tale to tell was ever sure of a welcome, and for his pains he was rewarded with money, jewels, and even land.
As in most of my writings I insist not on the events but on their effect upon the persons in the tale
. But in everything I have written there is always one invariable intention, and that is to capture the reader's attention, by securing his interest and enlisting his sympathies for the matter in hand, whatever it may be, within the limits of the visible world and within the boundaries of human emotions.
Found in a Bottle" was the winning tale
. Poe had submitted six stories in a volume.
"Now drink your tea," said the boy's mother; "then, perhaps, you may hear a fairy tale
In 'The Canterbury Tales
' indeed, the plan is almost impossibly ambitious; the more than twenty stories actually finished, with their eighteen thousand lines, are only a fifth part of the intended number.
I said to him, You and I, Adeimantus, at this moment are not poets, but founders of a State: now the founders of a State ought to know the general forms in which poets should cast their tales
, and the limits which must be observed by them, but to make the tales
is not their business.
It was, however, obvious, that this kind of interest must in the end occasion a degree of sameness and repetition, if exclusively resorted to, and that the reader was likely at length to adopt the language of Edwin, in Parnell's Tale
Before the book was half finished those three were taking things almost entirely into their own hands and working the whole tale
as a private venture of their own--a tale
which they had nothing at all to do with, by rights.
"As I was painting the bright petals of a blue bell, it told me this tale
"Marry, we shall have it a again," sighed the boy; "that same old weary tale
that he hath told a thousand times in the same words, and that he WILL tell till he dieth, every time he hath gotten his barrel full and feeleth his exaggeration-mill a-working.
Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched With a woeful agony, Which forced me to begin my tale
; And then it left me free.