2005-12-28

Literature - the highest form of art

If I were to rate all the forms of art, I will rate literature as the highest form. Look at a painting, the impression will last for a moment. Maybe, it will disturb you. Will it change life? I will not agree. Performing arts are the least form of art. I cannot for the life of me understand what a dancer, a classical one or anyone, tries to achieve. I never got inspired. Never will. Come to music. Music has a great ability to inspire and to alter moods. It can engage with people like no other art. And when it rhymes with the heartbeat of the mother’s chest (which is where we first hear music), it can really be impact-ful. But, music fails in leaving a lasting impression. Motion picture is a great invention by man. A well made movie is worth many forms of art. A movie will come close to altering the way we look at things.

Literature. It is something. Wordsworth’s poetry is not just about juxtaposition of words to create beauty; it is about the wisdom that captures the intricacies and subtleties of human relationships and the relationship of the human being with the world. Shakespeare, in fact, wrote all that can ever be written about human emotions and feelings. Literature is the highest form of art and it is the only form which has the power to metamorphose our thinking.


PS: As I was reading the introduction to the book “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson, suddenly felt that my life, more importantly my thinking which drives my life, would have been completely different had I not been an avid reader of books.

9 comments:

Go Cool said...

You do not seem to have sufficient insights to talk about such 'sensitive' issues like literature, wisdom, 'the power to metamorphose our thinking' etc. How stupid it is to rank various forms of human expression according to your whims and fancies! Visit my blog and gain some insights...

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Anuj said...

Well cant agree less on the importance of reading books. How I wish I had started this much earlier in my life, but better late than never !! I am trying to catch up fast and make up for the lost time :)

sri said...

completely agreed.
its the reading that makes a mind evolve more. very recently reag Good To Great. Realised that there are many things which i considered as small and negligible have so much importance in corporate culture.
same like anuj.
wanna pickup pace and make it for the lost time of my life. :- )

Rajesh said...

Gokul,

It's just his opinion & he is entitled ot it.

Ciao,

Vijay,

As for literature being the highest form, I would disagree. I think it has to be Movies. Much more powerful than literature and less exhauting than reading :))

Ciao,

itheabsolute said...

g mahna

i did visit your blog. got "enlightened". i also observe that you are on a mission to educate many of the ISBians and bloggers by directing them to your blog. great job.

though a small person, i would like to clarify one thing. itheabsolute is about 'my' views.

cheers

itheabsolute said...

anuj, sri and rajesh

thanks for your comments.

i got influenced more by books than by any other form of art. good amount of learning has been experiential too.

cheers

Anonymous said...

It is my belief that the "hight" of the art depends on content rather than medium...

Raina said...

It's music for me. I don't agree with music not leaving impressions. "ALL" people relate to music through various times in their life. Couples have songs, movies has theme songs, etc.

For every part of your life, music is always there. From the moment you're still in the womb of your mother to the day people mourn over your death. It bypasses the brain and goes straight through the heart, touching, inspiring, makes us cry, dance, sad, happy, etc.

Literature, not everyone can relate to it. Not everyone has access to it. Same with movies, books, etc. but music, it's everywhere and it comes free most of the time.

Daniel said...

I have to agree with Raina. I believe music to be the highest form of art (or perhaps the form I hold in highest regard). Music is perhaps not as intellectual as literature, but it moves the soul in a way that literature cannot.

I suppose creating a hierarchy of art is imposable because of the subjectivity of our rating.

2005-12-28

Literature - the highest form of art

If I were to rate all the forms of art, I will rate literature as the highest form. Look at a painting, the impression will last for a moment. Maybe, it will disturb you. Will it change life? I will not agree. Performing arts are the least form of art. I cannot for the life of me understand what a dancer, a classical one or anyone, tries to achieve. I never got inspired. Never will. Come to music. Music has a great ability to inspire and to alter moods. It can engage with people like no other art. And when it rhymes with the heartbeat of the mother’s chest (which is where we first hear music), it can really be impact-ful. But, music fails in leaving a lasting impression. Motion picture is a great invention by man. A well made movie is worth many forms of art. A movie will come close to altering the way we look at things.

Literature. It is something. Wordsworth’s poetry is not just about juxtaposition of words to create beauty; it is about the wisdom that captures the intricacies and subtleties of human relationships and the relationship of the human being with the world. Shakespeare, in fact, wrote all that can ever be written about human emotions and feelings. Literature is the highest form of art and it is the only form which has the power to metamorphose our thinking.


PS: As I was reading the introduction to the book “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson, suddenly felt that my life, more importantly my thinking which drives my life, would have been completely different had I not been an avid reader of books.

9 comments:

Go Cool said...

You do not seem to have sufficient insights to talk about such 'sensitive' issues like literature, wisdom, 'the power to metamorphose our thinking' etc. How stupid it is to rank various forms of human expression according to your whims and fancies! Visit my blog and gain some insights...

http://bestofpagalguy.blogspot.com

Anuj said...

Well cant agree less on the importance of reading books. How I wish I had started this much earlier in my life, but better late than never !! I am trying to catch up fast and make up for the lost time :)

sri said...

completely agreed.
its the reading that makes a mind evolve more. very recently reag Good To Great. Realised that there are many things which i considered as small and negligible have so much importance in corporate culture.
same like anuj.
wanna pickup pace and make it for the lost time of my life. :- )

Rajesh said...

Gokul,

It's just his opinion & he is entitled ot it.

Ciao,

Vijay,

As for literature being the highest form, I would disagree. I think it has to be Movies. Much more powerful than literature and less exhauting than reading :))

Ciao,

itheabsolute said...

g mahna

i did visit your blog. got "enlightened". i also observe that you are on a mission to educate many of the ISBians and bloggers by directing them to your blog. great job.

though a small person, i would like to clarify one thing. itheabsolute is about 'my' views.

cheers

itheabsolute said...

anuj, sri and rajesh

thanks for your comments.

i got influenced more by books than by any other form of art. good amount of learning has been experiential too.

cheers

Anonymous said...

It is my belief that the "hight" of the art depends on content rather than medium...

Raina said...

It's music for me. I don't agree with music not leaving impressions. "ALL" people relate to music through various times in their life. Couples have songs, movies has theme songs, etc.

For every part of your life, music is always there. From the moment you're still in the womb of your mother to the day people mourn over your death. It bypasses the brain and goes straight through the heart, touching, inspiring, makes us cry, dance, sad, happy, etc.

Literature, not everyone can relate to it. Not everyone has access to it. Same with movies, books, etc. but music, it's everywhere and it comes free most of the time.

Daniel said...

I have to agree with Raina. I believe music to be the highest form of art (or perhaps the form I hold in highest regard). Music is perhaps not as intellectual as literature, but it moves the soul in a way that literature cannot.

I suppose creating a hierarchy of art is imposable because of the subjectivity of our rating.