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By Herbert Edward Read

This e-book, first released in 1947, is selection of serious essays through Herbert learn that had now not been formerly released in e-book shape. The essays hide a number of varied topic components, together with literature, artwork, structure, and picture, from a span of two decades. This identify might be of curiosity to quite a few readers.

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It is the lyric, not the epic. It is Chopin, not Wagner. Personally, I am against the grandiose in art. If it does not merely bore me, it intimidates me. I do not believe it is necessary. The greatest truth was ever spoken in a still small voice. The great mystics are not long-winded. Great poetry is not sustained beyond a page or two of print. The greatest painting can be contained within a square foot of canvas. The greatest is never the grandiose. Klee must have died unhappy, for his painting had been banned in the country which he had honoured with his presence for the most active part of his life.

It stands at the midpoint of a revolution as significant as the one we are now enduring. It is the autobiography of a poet w h o was then a revolutionary, a n d nothing that Wordsworth could subsequently do to the poem could alter its revolutionary significance. Wordsworth, in fact, more t h a n Shelley or Byron, represents the revolt against the literary a n d political ideals of a century. But equally he can be described as looking forward over a century, a n d giving that century, the nineteenth, new poetic a n d philosophical ideals.

The greatest truth was ever spoken in a still small voice. The great mystics are not long-winded. Great poetry is not sustained beyond a page or two of print. The greatest painting can be contained within a square foot of canvas. The greatest is never the grandiose. Klee must have died unhappy, for his painting had been banned in the country which he had honoured with his presence for the most active part of his life. But I am sure he did not despair. I am reminded of an entry in his diary, dated June 1905.

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