Darkle – a distinction from ‘darken’
December 27, 2016
___ Darkle means to grow dark, darken.
That is the definition I use in my novel, A Poet’s Moon. Via Chapter X “The sky darkled and revealed its stars.”
Could I write “the sky darkened and revealed its stars.” Yes. Yet no.
Yes, as “darken” is a synonym to “darkle.” Yet no, as “darkle” is more specific to the scene I describe.
“Darkle” even in sound, presents a softer action, a more intricate action. One where stars may appear slowly above while heroine, Elissa, relishes a new adventure with hero, Paul.
Via Dictionary.com — more “Darkle” definitions:
— to appear dark; show indistinctly.
— to grow dark, gloomy.
— a letter from a long distance darling may darkle their commitment intentions
— hence your conviction that the relationship will prevail might darkle.
“Darken” suggests a blackening while “Darkle” suggests a greying. Both are powerful, yet darkle presents a slower intense.
Will you notice the sky darken tonight, or watch it darkle?
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