Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Poetic Tension in Your Chest

Art that attracts great and lasting attention has tension in the chest of the work and reader. When this tension eases the attention often does too, but worse, the greatness of the art diminishes. A few samples of artworks with this tension are OK Computer, Beyond Good and Evil, Wheat Field with Cypresses, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, Highway 61 Revisited, Notes from Underground, and The Waste Land.

Portrait of T.S. Eliot by Wyndham Lewis
I wrote about this tension or dissonance in similar posts here and here.

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