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John Wellborn Root Harriet Monroe

John Wellborn Root

Harriet Monroe

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230265452
80 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... VI LIFE AND THOUGHT T was in the spring of 1882 that we began to be intimate with John Root. At that time he was re-awakening to the joy of life. . He had accepted engrossing work two years before as a refuge from sorrow, and this had restored the sanity of his temper, his sensitive consciousness of the beauty of the world. He was of a genus rare in the West at that time, one which until then we had scarcely encountered. To call it the artistic type would be hackneyed and not fairly descriptive, for this phrase has come to imply a complete give-and-take of emotion and expression in a nature which has no reserves. I would describe him rather, without reference to types, as a creature devoted to beauty by every instinct of his soul, one whose imagination instinctively rounded out the rhythms and unities of this inscrutable world of sense and spirit. Thus he was hospitable to the music of life and impermeable to its dissonance. Pain and evil he apprehended philosophically from afar -- a basic undersong in the universal paean- but their notes were not strident to his consciousness -- they did not reach him as discord. Perhaps the special quality of the man is best described by the word musical. He was deeply, instinctively musical. All nature, all life he apprehended as harmony -- harmonies of line, of color, of sound, of spirit. And underlying this sensuous consciousness in his mind lay that intuition of mathematical law which is the basis of all harmony. His sense of law was inherent in his sense of beauty, and it was in the symmetrical union of these two -- the mathematical and the artistic apprehension -- that his genius for architecture lay. For architecture, for music also- and most of all, for life. Life is the highest art, and he...