Helen Keller wrote about a world she could neither see nor hear and she wrote as with the heart of the most fierce of poets. In this quote, she describes her early life experience as a deaf-blind person.
Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in, and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding-line, and had no way of knowing how near the harbour was. Helen Keller, The Story of My Life
Keller’s awakening, “the light”, came when her teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan, was able to help her understand language; “everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought”. Keller shared her love of language and joy of learning, in her writing, and in the lectures she gave and the speeches she made throughout her life, becoming a symbol of courage and hope in the face of overwhelming odds to thousands of people across the world. She is remembered for transforming people’s views on others with disabilities, and for her activism and advocacy on many political and social issues, however, for this writer, it is for her intelligent and graceful use of language that she most cherished and often reread.
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