Let me ask you a question: Are not the several arts
different, by reason of their each having a separate function?
Already History is old enough to witness the old age and disappearance of particular arts
. The art
of sculpture is long ago perished to any real effect.
As men of scrupulous honour set up a high standard of public conscience above the dead-level of an honest community, so men of that skill which passes into art
by ceaseless striving raise the dead-level of correct practice in the crafts of land and sea.
There are, again, some arts
which employ all the means above mentioned, namely, rhythm, tune, and metre.
Upon the other hand, whenever a community or a powerful section of a community, or a government of any kind, attempts to dictate to the artist what he is to do, Art
either entirely vanishes, or becomes stereotyped, or degenerates into a low and ignoble form of craft.
The meanest mathematician in Spaceland will readily believe me when I assert that the problems of life, which present themselves to the well-educated -- when they are themselves in motion, rotating, advancing or retreating, and at the same time attempting to discriminate by the sense of sight between a number of Polygons of high rank moving in different directions, as for example in a ball-room or conversazione -- must be of a nature to task the angularity of the most intellectual, and amply justify the rich endowments of the Learned Professors of Geometry, both Static and Kinetic, in the illustrious University of Wentbridge, where the Science and Art
of Sight Recognition are regularly taught to large classes of the ELITE of the States.
Joe and Delia met in an atelier where a number of art
and music students had gathered to discuss chiaroscuro, Wagner, music, Rembrandt's works, pictures, Waldteufel, wall paper, Chopin and Oolong.
'Tis thus that the marvellous art
of the Middle Ages has been treated in nearly every country, especially in France.
"That shows our Master's contempt for mere Art
," said the Second Poet, grinning.
In truth, it is too strong for any place but a public Art
It may be that you do not like his art
, but at all events you can hardly refuse it the tribute of your interest.
Carlyle viewed pleasure and merely esthetic art
with the contempt of the Scottish Covenanting fanatics, refusing even to read poetry like that of Keats; and his insistence on moral meanings led him to equal intolerance of such story-tellers as Scott.
Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy:--this is the art
of retaining self-possession.
--"Whoever thou art
," said the trodden one, still enraged, "thou treadest also too nigh me with thy parable, and not only with thy foot!
thou not he who coming to the town of Cadmus freed us from the tax we paid To the fell songstress?