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THThomas
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Beauty and the Beholder
The creator is always the first to behold. Or is it that the creator is beheld himself? This has always confused me: if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then why does he need an audience? What could possibly validate this validation that he so self-righteously seeks? Maybe his piece is yet to be completed. Maybe it's not his creation that is beautiful, but rather what is created in the hearts of the minds that view it. I weep for the unseen. I weep for the unseeing. The world needs more beautiful people. -TH Eye am here. Hear I am.
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This conglomeration of thoughts is intriguing: why do we need an audience? Why does this poem need an audience for its words to take flight in the minds of the readers? All questions worth asking, I believe.
This is such an interesting question: is it the creator who creates beauty, or is the achievement on the part of the viewer, for being able to see?
This is great, @THThomas! What a thoughtful piece on the nature of beauty and art. You would have been right at home with the Romantic poets of the 1800s. They often contemplated the experience of the "sublime," which has to do with beholding beauty, allowing oneself to feel a strong reaction to it, then somehow expressing that "sublime" experience yet with the frustration of not being able to fully recreate it. The Wikipedia description of Romanticism is quite good - I'll point out this passage that seems pertinent for you: "The movement validated intense emotion as an authentic source of aesthetic experience, placing new emphasis on such emotions as apprehension, horror and terror, and awe—especially that which is experienced in confronting the sublimity of untamed nature and its picturesque qualities: both new aesthetic categories." I recommend you read about it! You are a modern-day Romantic poet, I think :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanticism
Let me know what you read, @timeturnerjones! And you know, now that I look again the image @THThomas included with this poem is also very much in keeping with Romanticism and their art of the sublime. A lot of paintings of people looking very small and taken aback at a huge, majestic natural scene.