Literary Time Travel

Think of the books
that we could unravel
if we took the train
for literary time travel.

Would Anna Karenina
miss that train
or Laurie Lee not go to Spain?
Should Juliet marry Romeo
if back in time we all could go?

Jane could decline to wed Mr Rochester,
the d’Urbevilles lass
would  fulfil her dream.
At eleven in the morning,
Joyce  might run out of steam
saving us from that long
stream of consciousness.

I wouldn’t mind betting
if he hadn’t met Eve,
Adam’d still live in the garden,
never to leave.

This is a re-blog from 2010 for the dVerse prompt to write about time – any time.

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22 Responses to Literary Time Travel

  1. Clever and good fun, Viv 🙂

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  2. arathi says:

    that’s nice ..to time travel and see what happens..nice approach for the prompt..:)

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  3. margaret says:

    Adam could have said “no thank you”. 🙂 This whole thing is wonderfully done – I really enjoyed it.

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  4. rmp says:

    oh, a literary time travel does sound quite appealing. often just reading can transport you into another time, but it would be interesting to see the impact this type if travel might have on the characters. well penned!

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  5. 1sojournal says:

    This was a delight to read. I (finally) will admit that as a holder of an English degree, I just ran out of steam and never finished Joyce. I did, however, write a twenty page paper on the less than 100 pages I made it through. The symbolism was just too rich to resist. And have resisted stream of consciousness writing ever since. Which is a joke, seeing as some of my best work has come from just such an endeavor. Thanks for bringing back all those memories…

    Elizabeth
    http://1sojournal.wordpress.com/

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  6. I enjoyed this so much, Viv! Smiled all the way through. Too bad Eve didnt request separate Edens, cackle!

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  7. cecilia says:

    This is great, literary tongue in cheek!.. c

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  8. JodetteP says:

    hahas love the way you referred to books 🙂 It’s such fun to think about alternate universes isn’t it? ❤

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  9. Madhura says:

    What a GREAT idea! I loved it so very much, Viv! 🙂

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  10. Sumana Roy says:

    a delightful read…love this literary time travel…a unique take on the prompt…

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  11. Jeff says:

    This is a fun look into the literary past–nicely done!

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  12. what if…. loved this idea – what could those new stories tell?

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  13. In a few years to come. Time travel will be the next stage in human evolution.
    Right now its taking little steps but it will evolve soon.

    I love your writing…greatly written. 🙂

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  14. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Original sin has always been for me propagandist bull shit; like a Tea Party or KKK leaflet; from my view they found the Apple on the ground, Adam picked it up, & he & Eve bit into it at the same time.

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  15. Bodhirose says:

    So thoughtfully written, Viv…love what you came up with. Time travel seems to have always piqued our interest through the ages. It is a fascinating idea…what if…

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  16. Gabriella says:

    “At eleven in the morning,
    Joyce might run out of steam
    saving us from that long
    stream of consciousness” – wonderful lines, Viv. I wonder how many English students would concur.

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  17. Mary says:

    Oh, this made me smile. Hmmm, I do wonder about Adam. Actually I bet Adam himself would have sampled that apple eventually. The story would be a bit different, but….. Now thinking about Romeo & Juliet – that is another story. Smiles.

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  18. This was just a delight to read, Viv. Now I’m going to be thinking of more literary “what if’s!” What if Oedipus had stepped aside to let his father pass by on that bridge to Thebes (or wherever it was)?

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  19. Jenny Herner says:

    Lovely and smart! A wonderful response to the prompt!

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  20. claudia says:

    but what a life would it be without eve… smiles
    it would be cool to do a bit of time travel and visit a few events and people that made history..and maybe change the one or other thing..

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