School Arts Volume 17

School Arts Volume 17

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...on the road traversed by Paul Revere was given. At its conclusion a member of an habitually critical mind rose to a point of privilege and said that he had heard more than enough of the fight at Concord Bridge, which he said was after all a very insignificant skirmish and that the shot "heard around the world" was local grandiloquence magnifying the sound of a pop-gun. "Ah ha!" said another, as soon as the floor could be obtained, "you miss the point. Whether or not the event was important might be a matter of opinion but that New England people thought it important was beyond doubt, and thus believing they had given it a place in history, had written enduring poetry about it, had told it in thrilling narrative, had raised bronze sculpture and placed memorial tablets that no one should miss the high quality of this belief." The speaker went on to unpleasant parallels between this willingness to discern the better part and exalt it in the eyes of the following generations, and our own neglect of the heroic and picturesque history of the state we call home. This lack of discernment as to the sources of art is not uncommon. I was discussing it the other day with a teacher of English, who had filled a chair in one of the California universities. He said that when he first got into step with his classes he found to his perplexity that their compositions teemed with references and similes wholly outside the daily and probable experience of his pupils. It presently became apparent that they were merely reflecting their reading of the New England poets. Art had taken on in their minds the vague aspect of something away off yonder where its qualities had become defined through the vision and labor of others. He...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236758331
  • 9781236758330