Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts, the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others, but of the three the only trustworthy one is the last. -JOHN RUSKIN The History of Venice, … Continue reading Psychology and its Artistic Counterparts.
Romantic poet and painter William Blake (1757-1827). His Songs of Innocence and Experience were a contrast of the ordinary mechanistic world to the vibrant imaginative world which could see the world anew, perhaps even as it really is. He recognized man as struggling between the imaginative naivete' and the realism of what old age imposes … Continue reading William Blake Unshackled
The Lyrical Ballads, first published in 1798, were a collection of poems collected and collaborated by William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). This pair of writers made one feel and wonder in different ways. Coleridge would take the mysterious and wondrous, and bring them down to ordinary life. Wordsworth had the opposite effect, … Continue reading The Lyrical Ballads: Wordsworth and Coleridge
If we take science we see cause and effect abound, but nowhere in there do we see freewill around. Freewill is invisible to the eye until the eye is liberated from objective science. The Romantic rebellion cuts through the formalism of science and reason into a deeper, mysterious reality. With the Enlightenment man was a … Continue reading Romantic Rebellion in Art
The prophets of the age of Reason and the Enlightenment (Descartes, Bacon, Newton, Locke, Berkeley, the French Philosophes and Hume), brought with them that the light of experience and reason were the sole arbiters of truth. This new religion of science, this scientism, was so heavily engrained in the souls of this great achievement that … Continue reading The Romantic Rebellion in Context