Thursday, 5 November, 2015
“I’d like to be made all of wine and drink myself up.” With this phrase Federico García Lorca gives us the key to the maximum expression of literary creation. The muses visiting the mind of poet Pablo Neruda when writing his poem “Ode to Wine” and Hemingway deciphering humanity with his celebrated line “wine is one of the most civilized things in the world.”
The word made literature, giving us entire pages of love scenes and life, such as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in which his inspired pen rejoices in confusing the characters and making theater the antechamber to a magical world that only exists in the mind of a genius.
Universal literature has nurtured the most diverse varieties and perhaps without them, artists such as Lope de Vega, the eternal bohemian who earned the title “Monster of Nature” through ink and adventure, might never have existed.
We owe so much to wine that a single toast is not enough. So the next time you wonder about the secret of literary talent, remember to thank Bacchus and raise your glass in his name.