What Poet and the Artist And What They Can Do for Us (Classic Reprint)

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What Poet and the Artist
And What They Can Do for Us (Classic Reprint)

  • Wydawnictwo: FB &c Ltd
  • Rok wydania: 2015
  • ISBN: 9781330686324
  • Ilość stron: 24
  • Format: 15.2x22.9cm
  • Oprawa: Miękka
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Opis: What Poet and the Artist - Smith G. C. Moore

Excerpt from What Poet and the Artist: And What They Can Do for Us

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now, like sleeping flowers;
For this, for every thing, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. - Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

When we realize our want, perhaps we find our case is not so hopeless. Even if it is true that our circumstances are not to be changed, we ourselves may be changed. We cannot in actual truth travel to strange lands, multiply experiences and freshen our hearts with the friendships of men and women of other circumstances and other minds than our own. And yet in a way we can do all this far better than any personally-conducted tourist. There is a world of romance and beauty at hand to all of us, in which at any spare hour we may wander at will; a world in which we may form friendships with men and women of all ages and climes, the greatest souls that have ever lived on this earth. I mean the world of Art. Think of the lines in which one young English poet - one born in the middle class, with no advantages of wealth or position - speaks of his first acquaintance with the Greek poet Homer, read in Chapman's translation. It was to him more than a visit to a new country, it was like the discovery of a new world:

Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told,
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne:
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific - and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise -
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

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Szczegóły: What Poet and the Artist - Smith G. C. Moore

Tytuł: What Poet and the Artist
Podtytuł: And What They Can Do for Us (Classic Reprint)
Autor: Smith G. C. Moore
Wydawnictwo: FB &c Ltd
ISBN: 9781330686324
Języki: angielski
Rok wydania: 2015
Ilość stron: 24
Format: 15.2x22.9cm
Oprawa: Miękka


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