The prompt for today is Found Poetry.
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If we keep the eyes open in a totally dark place,
a certain sense of privation is experienced.
If we look on a white,
strongly illumined surface,
the eye is dazzled, and for a time
is incapable of distinguishing
objects moderately lighted.
If we pass suddenly from the one state
to the other, even without supposing
these to be the extremes, but only,
perhaps, a change from bright to dusky,
the difference is remarkable, and we
find that the effects last for some time.
The cases here under consideration
occur oftener than we are aware
in ordinary life; indeed,
an attentive observer sees these
appearances everywhere, while,
on the other hand, the uninstructed,
like our predecessors, consider them
as temporary visual defects, sometimes
even as symptoms of disorders in the eye,
thus exciting serious apprehensions.
A few remarkable instances may here be inserted.
I had entered an inn towards evening, and,
as a well-favoured girl, with a brilliantly
fair complexion, black hair, and a scarlet bodice,
came into the room, I looked attentively at her
as she stood before me at some distance
in half shadow.
As she presently afterwards turned away,
I saw on the white wall,
which was now before me,
a black face surrounded with a bright light,
while the dress of the perfectly distinct figure
appeared of a beautiful sea-green.
From Theory of Colours by Johann Wolfgang van Goethe. This is one of my all time favorite books. Of course Goethe was also a playwright and poet so perhaps this is cheating.
Goethe’s Theory of Colours from Google Books.
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