Sunday, September 26

Poetry is Felt Rather Than Seen

What is Art? What is Poetry?

For centuries, people have been asking what is art? Is art a concern? Maybe its large home entertainment.

I think the finest art entertains while it provokes thought or feeling, however thats just my individual opinion. You might look for art that makes you laugh or fills you with awe. Some prefer art that is masterfully crafted, no matter the content or messages it interacts.

Its a concern we must address for ourselves, specifically artists and writers.

In the world of art, poetry is particularly tricky to specify due to the fact that it can be a lot of things. Think about Dr. Seusss romping stories written in meter versus the social-political poetry of Adrienne Rich or the homage poetry of Robert Frost and you quickly recognize that poetrys purpose is actually the poets purpose.When Leonardo da Vinci speaks about a painting as a poem that is seen (instead of read), I believe hes making on observation about art, something similar to the concept that “an image is worth a thousand words.” A single painting can reveal ideas and emotions that would take a thousand words or more to communicate in poetry or prose.

When he talks about poetry as a painting that is felt rather than seen, he digs into the heart of what poetry can be– text that moves people emotionally. I would broaden on that to note that frequently poetry (and other art) provokes emotions that are hard and even impossible to take into clear words. In some cases you read a poem and it makes you feel or understand something, but you couldnt potentially explain it in concrete terms, and if you could, it would take an essay, or even an entire book, to convey what the poem communicated– what it made you feel– in a few lines.

Feeling Poetry

” Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt instead of seen.”– Leonardo da Vinci

Thats the magic of art and poetry. Eventually, it is a kind of communication that is almost psychic in nature.

What does poetry imply to you? How do you identify or specify art?

When he talks about poetry as a painting that is felt rather than seen, he digs into the heart of what poetry can be– text that moves individuals mentally. I would expand on that to note that frequently poetry (and other art) provokes feelings that are difficult or even impossible to put into clear words.

In the world of art, poetry is especially difficult to specify since it can be so lots of things. A single painting can reveal ideas and emotions that would take a thousand words or more to communicate in poetry or prose.

Quote: Goodreads

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