|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
so recklessly, she clung to her husband's arm, and held it tight as
though her clinging could protect him from any harm that might come.
She said nothing, however, till the narration was all done,
and matters had been brought up to the present time.
Then without letting go her husband's hand she stood up amongst
us and spoke. Oh, that I could give any idea of the scene.
Of that sweet, sweet, good, good woman in all the radiant beauty
of her youth and animation, with the red scar on her forehead,
of which she was conscious, and which we saw with grinding of our teeth,
remembering whence and how it came. Her loving kindness against our
grim hate. Her tender faith against all our fears and doubting.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Phantasmagoria and Other Poems by Lewis Carroll:
Mention no places, names, or dates,
And evermore be sure
Throughout the poem to be found
"First fix upon the limit
To which it shall extend:
Then fill it up with 'Padding'
(Beg some of any friend):
Your great SENSATION-STANZA
You place towards the end."
"And what is a Sensation,