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Title: The Silent Isle Author: Arthur Christopher Benson Release Date: April 5, 2004 [eBook #11911] Language: English Character set encoding: iso-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE SILENT ISLE*** E-text prepared by the Internet Archive Million Book Project, papeters, and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team THE SILENT ISLE BY ARTHUR CHRISTOPHER BENSON Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge 1913 Nec prohibui cor meum. To PERCY LUBBOCK INTRODUCTION There are two ways of recording and communicating to others an impression, say, of a building or a place.
One way is to sit down at a definite point, and make an elaborate picture.
It is thus perhaps that one grasps the artistic significance and unity of the object best; one sees it in a chosen light of noon or eve; one feels its dominant emotion, its harmony of proportion and outline.
Or else one may wander about and take sketches of it from a dozen different points of view, record little delicacies of detail, tiny whims and irregularities; and thus one learns more of the variety and humours of the place, its gestures and irritabilities, its failures of purpose or design.
The question is whether you like a thing idealised or realised.
As to the Sat Apr 01 00:26:14 2017 2 different methods of interpretation, they can hardly be compared or subordinated.
An artist does not choose his method, because his method is himself. The book that follows is an attempt, or rather a hundred attempts, to sketch some of the details of life, seen from a simple plane enough, and with no desire to conform it to a theory, or to find anything very d...

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