Fear No More

Explore the depths of mindfulness in Virginia Woolf's "Mrs Dalloway". Discover her rhythmic prose and how it captures life's simplicity. Learn more.

Fear No More
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Virginia Woolf’s writing does something important: it mirrors life’s rhythm, much like the silent moments in music that shape a song. Her technique isn't just style; it’s a deeper revelation of how we experience the world. In the classics, like Greek tragedy, the chorus mirrored the internal state of characters to the audience. Woolf does something similar but uses nature’s cycles – the coming and going of waves – as the mirror.
Notice in the passage we’ll explore: Woolf’s prose rhythm isn’t arbitrary. It matches the natural ebb and flow, the human inner tide. It’s not merely about the story on the surface but about syncing our feelings with the universal rhythms.
Quiet descended on her, calm, content, as her needle, drawing the silk smoothly to its gentle pause, collected the green folds together and attached them, very lightly, to the belt.
So on a summer’s day waves collect, overbalance, and fall; collect and fall; and the whole world seems to be saying 'that is all' more and more ponderously, until even the heart in the body which lies in the sun on the beach says too, 'That is all.' Fear no more, says the heart.
Fear no more, says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects, lets fall. And the body alone listens to the passing bee; the wave breaking; the dog barking, far away barking and barking.

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