Sunday, February 23, 2014

King Solomon and Creative Writers


Every creative writer in time may have tried to use his or her words to create a perfect image for a reader to envision. Whether writing to impact a powerful message or an elegant story to interest the reader, the words must balance in order to effectively express the message. Every writer also has a fond memory of a teacher or mentor who impacted or helped them in their youth or writing endeavor. King Solomon, 3000 years ago, wrote two proverb verses about these relationships.
In my novel, I used his two verses to give special thanks to my mentors and have added the following excerpt to explain additional interpretations of the meanings of these two verses. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.
Consider this when you read the first part of the proverb, Verse 11a ending in a comma, to convey an image. Think of two wheels to balance an elegant sentence. The words being one wheel that is well-turned and as it turns, is well-timed to turn in unison with the other wheel of the sentence.
Apples of gold set in a silver design, a phrase that is well tuned, (Proverb 25:11a)
The point is that the most precious part of these object of art worked in silver is the apples of gold embodied in them and it is to this center of extreme balances that words well-turned or well-timed are compared.
Now think about your teacher of mentor when the proverb sentence is complete with the period.
A ring of gold and a trinket of fine gold, one who gives wise reproof to a receptive ear. (Proverb 25:12)
Verse 12 describes an ideal teacher-student relationship by comparing it to two items of jewelry which go together an enhance each other. They are a good match and an effective combination complementary to each other. The skill of the teacher has its reward in that he or she effectively communicates their wisdom to the pupil.
My point of explaining the interpretation of these verses is to first thank my mentors again, and secondly, to try to convey my interpretation of the relationships of love and wisdom in my motto for this blog. What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka
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