“Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what’s in a name?”
Helen Hunt Jackson
Why is this blog/writing portfolio titled Corseted Dreams?
When someone writes, what they write, is a piece of their identity. When we read we are entering the world of the world and reality of either the protagonist or the writer; this depends on the type of writing. In example stories/poetry for the former and anything else for the latter.
The picture above is a reference to the Linguist Ferdinand de Saussure’s theory of semiotics which revels how arbitrary language is. It does not matter what we name something it is the meaning which is attached to the name that allows us to communicate meaningfully. For a fuller explanation of this – since it isn’t directly linked to the above question – I like the explanation on Criticism.Com
So back to the name. Dreams and aspirations shape us as a person, and corsets also give a more defining shape. Dreams push us to use all of our potential, and corsets can be worn tighter the more that they are worn; just as writing improves, gets tighter, the more it is practised. On the flip side, dreams can be restricted by beliefs and misconceptions, and corsets are restricting to wear.
“What’s in a name? That is what we ask ourselves in childhood when we write the name that we are told is ours.”