Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Cento

A cento is a composition made from the quotations of other authors. I can imagine it might be quite fun to create, but that it would be rather disjointed to read – and quite possibly in breach of copyright.

Just in case you fancy a go, here's a quote from my book Leave Nothing But Footprints that I'm giving you permission to include in any cento you may decide to create.

"The action was frozen a split second before the water found its target."

I picked that because I think it could be used in various ways. That's not the case with the paragraph I got just from opening the book at random.

"As Jess made a pot of tea, Eliot said, "I'm going to impress you even more now by showing you the advantages of HDR." As he brought up five images taken inside a church they'd photographed earlier in the week, he explained that by combining over and under exposed images he could capture all the details in the shadows without burning out highlights in the better lit areas."

It's hard to see how you could use that in anything other than a work involving photography. You'd probably be able to leave out the campervan though.

Did you know a cento was a thing? Would you like to read or create one?


6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I learned something new today!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

tomorrow we define nickelo

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Have never heard of this, Patsy! As you say, could be fun but more procrastination.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I'm doing the finishing edit on a book published a decade ago...thought I'd throw the opening line out here for anyone to use ☺

Of all Asahel’s crimes, what drove me insane was his kith’s flippant use of the repulsive term vampire.

(REVENIR)

klahanie said...

Hi Patsy,

I was not aware of that word. Interesting info. Consider your post shared.

Gary

Mark Noce said...

I never knew that. But I'm glad I do now:)