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First Line: Some paint landscapes objectively
Last Line: What is life but motif and connection?
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Philosophy & Philosophers


Some paint landscapes objectively:
Trees, buildings, people, --
Cut in color against a background of white snow.
Others depict only the atmosphere, which,
Like an emotion,
Transmutes realities into dreams, --
Though through the dreams is truth a reality.
And so with faces.
One paints the face with prominent features, --
Eyes piercing or aglow,
Nose Roman or Grecian
Mouth firm or sensuous, --
And we see and know.
Another paints the subtle transitions
From cheek to nostril,
Brow to temple, --
The inner meaning of fleeting emotion.

And both are right.
For what is life but emphasis and transmition?
What is life but motif and connection?





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