A purple dawn


Sir Walter Scott is a master of imagery. Here is an excerpt from Lady of the Lake – his greatest narrative poem – describing a dawn over lake Loch Katrine.

The summer dawn’s reflected hue
To purple changed Loch Katrine blue;
Mildly and soft the western breeze
Just kissed the lake, just stirred the trees,
And the pleased lake, like maiden coy,
Trembled but dimpled not for joy…

Canto III lines 19-24

That is immersive writing at it’s best. Notice the comparison he uses to describe how the lake reacts to a mild breeze.
When the reader can form an epic picture with your words, you’re doing it right.


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