Write on- Oh Pooh!

Photograph of the authors desk, susan sheldon nolenI came across this newspaper clipping which announced the publication of Winnie the Pooh. The usage of language really attracted my attention. How writing styles have changed over time! This was a book review and although I could not quite place as to who the audience was, I assumed, not for children. It’s written in a very familiar sort of way, not the sort of way a bear would like, but rather like an old school teacher trying to explain the way of Pooh Sticks to a rather simple mind. I had a good laugh.  I loved how the artist was referred to as ” his friend.”  The usage of the word decorations instead of illustrations. Here’s the text of the article to make for easier reading of  the key points. How would you write it today? What do you think of the original writing style? Something we should embrace today? Or leave it to a very grumpy old bear?

Photograph Courtesy of the British Library Newspaper Achieves

Photograph Courtesy of the British Library Newspaper Achieves

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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2 Responses to Write on- Oh Pooh!

  1. Y. Prior says:

    Hi – well I think you may be able to notice, but I am getting caught up on visiting blogs I like – and well, after reading this post it made me think of a poem (about Milne) that I just saw on Boyle’s blog:
    http://russellboyle.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/forgotten-by-a-a-milne/

    anyhow, I like your take on the writing (and times have changed) – I am not sure who I would say the audience is either – but I agree – a more mature crowd. 🙂

    ~prior

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