Their knowledge of the fine arts is some study of rules and particulars, or some limited judgment of color or form which is exercised for amusement or for show.It is a proof of the shallowness of the doctrine of beauty, as it lies in the minds of our amateurs, that men seem to have lost the perception of the instant dependence of form upon soul. We were put into our bodies, as fire is put into a pan, to be carried about; but there is no accurate adjustment between the spirit and the organ, much less is the latter the germination of the former.Therefore the poet is not any permissive potentate, but is emperor in his own right.
But there is some obstruction, or some excess of phlegm in our constitution, which does not suffer them to yield the due effect.
Too feeble fall the impressions of nature on us to make us artists. Every man should be so much an artist, that he could report in conversation what had befallen him.
He stands among partial men for the complete man, and apprises us not of his wealth, but of the commonwealth.
The young man reveres men of genius, because, to speak truly, they are more himself than he is.
But Homer's words are as costly and admirable to Homer, as Agamemnon's victories are to Agamemnon.
Magic Hours Essays On Creation And Creation
The poet does not wait for the hero or the sage, but, as they act and think primarily, so he writes primarily what will and must be spoken, reckoning the others, though primaries also, yet, in respect to him, secondaries and servants; as sitters or models in the studio of a painter, or as assistants who bring building materials to an architect.So in regard to other forms, the intellectual men do not believe in any essential dependence of the material world on thought and volition.Theologians think it a pretty air-castle to talk of the spiritual meaning of a ship or a cloud, of a city or a contract, but they prefer to come again to the solid ground of historical evidence; and even the poets are contented with a civil and conformed manner of living, and to write poems from the fancy, at a safe distance from their own experience.Yet, in our experience, the rays or appulses have sufficient force to arrive at the senses, but not enough to reach the quick, and compel the reproduction of themselves in speech.The poet is the person in whom these powers are in balance, the man without impediment, who sees and handles that which others dream of, traverses the whole scale of experience, and is representative of man, in virtue of being the largest power to receive and to impart.But the highest minds of the world have never ceased to explore the double meaning, or, shall I say, the quadruple, or the centuple, or Nature, Emerson explains how "Particular natural facts are symbols of particular spiritual facts." and "Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact."')" CLASS="popup"much more manifold meaning, of every sensuous fact: Orpheus, Empedocles, Heraclitus, Plato, Plutarch, Dante, Swedenborg, and the masters of sculpture, picture, and poetry.For we are not pans and barrows, nor even porters of the fire and torch-bearers, but children of the fire, made of it, and only the same divinity transmuted, and at two or three removes, when we know least about it.A moody child and wildly wise Pursued the game with joyful eyes, Which chose, like meteors, their way, And rived the dark with private ray: They overleapt the horizon's edge, Searched with Apollo's privilege; Through man, and woman, and sea, and star, Saw the dance of nature forward far; Through worlds, and races, and terms, and times, Saw musical order, and pairing rhymes.Olympian bards who sung Divine ideas below, Which always find us young, And always keep us so.They receive of the soul as he also receives, but they more.Nature enhances her beauty to the eye of loving men, from their belief that the poet is beholding her shows at the same time.