The World's Best Poetry, Volume 3

Sorrow and Consolation

Author: Bliss Carman
Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,198 / 282 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 694
Added to site: 2005.10.02
mnybks.net#: 11587
Genre: Poetry
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hey are also applicable to sculpture and architecture. All are attempts by men of vision to interpret to the men who are not equally endowed with vision, what the invisible world about us and within us has for the enrichment of our lives. This is exactly the function of religion: to enrich human lives by making them acquainted with the infinite. It is true that at times the arts have been sensualized, the emphasis has been put on the form of expression, not on the life expressed; and then reformers, like the Puritans and the Quakers, have endeavored to exclude the arts from religion, lest they should contaminate it. But the exclusion has been accomplished with difficulty, and to maintain it has been impossible. It is neither an accident, nor a sign of decadence, that painting and sculpture are creeping back into the Protestant churches, to combine with poetry and music in expressing the religious life of man. For the intellect alone is inadequate either to express that life as it exists, or to call it into ex

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