To Pause, Discern, Interpret

April 24, 2014

National Poetry Month. 24

“There is no literature or art without love and contemplation.”
— John Burroughs, from Under the Apple-Trees, ” Literature and Science”

My work table with tulips

My work table with tulips

“It is not in the act of seeing things or apprehending facts that we differ so much from one another, as in the act of interpreting what we see or apprehend.  Interpretation opens the door to the play of temperament and imagination, and to the bias of personality, and is therefore within the sphere of literature. . . . The poetic, the religious, the ethical mind will never be satisfied with the interpretation of the physical universe given us by the scientific mind.”
— John Burroughs, from Under the Apple-Trees, ” Literature and Science”

“. . . a poem, or other work of art, is fact and observation plus the man. . . . Our best growth is attained when we match knowledge with love, insight with reverence, understanding with sympathy and enjoyment; else the machine becomes more and more, and the man less and less.”
— John Burroughs, from Under the Apple-Trees, ” Literature and Science”

“Chance is fundamental to the workings of the creative mind. . . . an artist’s originality lies in seeing which of chance’s gifts might be of use.  Something that is only ‘different’ is not yet art.  The accidental discovery must still be turned into meaning, the unlikely juxtaposition made into exuberant connection.”
— Jane Hirshfield, Nine Gates Entering the Mind of Poetry: Essays

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Tulips

Watercolor sketch of tulips from Carol's garden

Watercolor sketch of tulips from Carol’s garden

 

5 Responses to “To Pause, Discern, Interpret”

  1. Elisa Says:

    I love the last photograph with the tulip that is going the ‘wrong’ way! 🙂

  2. shoreacres Says:

    Can’t tell you when, but you can expect to see some of Burroughs’ words in a future post. Thanks so much for fitting another tiny bit into my puzzle.

    • Rosemary Says:

      I’ve always enjoyed the anticipation phase of life. You’ve whet my appetite. I’m looking forward to your finished post.


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