The chapter headers in Fae had us all thinking about the chapters before we had even started the chapter itself.
We decided to look further into the quotes and excerpts from poetry and literature.
Here’s some of our favourites from Fae.
“Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant”
It was written by Seneca the Younger, aka Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher and adviser to the Emperor Nero.
Around 300 BC a Greek Stoic philosopher named Cleanthes wrote the poem and around three centuries later, Seneca translated the Greek into Latin.
“Ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt.”
“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent, or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox
From Will, The Poetical Works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1917.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, a journalist and popular American poet in the late 19th and early 20th century, is little k
known or studied today.
“It lies not win our power to love or hate, For will in us is overruled by fate.”
It lies not win our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin
We wish that one should lose, the other win.
And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots like in each respect.
The reason no man knows; let it suffice
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?
Marlowe’s nondramatic work includes the poem Hero and Leander.
This work was incomplete at his death and was extended by George Chapman: the joint work of the two poets was published in 1598.
“Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature’s mandates.”
-Marquis de Sade, Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings
Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, better known as the Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and write. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name, while others appeared anonymously and Sade denied being their author.
Sade was incarcerated in various prisons and in an insane asylum for about 32 years of his life, many of his works were written in prison.
“Deep into the darkness, peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before”
-Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” has been frequently referenced and parodied in contemporary culture. Immediately popular after the poem’s publication in 1845, it quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Some consider it the best poem ever written. As such, modern references to the poem continue to appear in popular culture.
The poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore”. The poem makes use of a number of folk and classical references.
A quote from Devilyn at the beginning of Chapter Eighteen ends the book perfectly.
“No matter how much light lives within me, it cannot encompass the darkness that consumes my soul”