54 great opening lines: 50

I am to break into the conversation
With a word that tastes like snow to say;
I am to interrupt the contemplation
Of the familiar headlines of the day –
Horses, divorces, politics, murders –
With a word cold to hear or look at,
Colder to speak.

The Fire on the Snow, Douglas Stewart


A play written for radio:  the story of Captain Robert Scott’s expedition to the South Pole, reaching it only to find that Amundsen had beaten him.

5 thoughts on “54 great opening lines: 50

  1. Oh, this is really interesting… I’ve never heard of it before but I think I’ll ned to search it out. I’m writing a novel in verse at the moment – but have always thought that it’s true life may be in it’s ‘performance’ rather than in ‘being read’.


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