Michael Field

[i. e. Katherine Harris Bradley u. Edith Emma Cooper]

 

 

Sight and Song

Preface

 

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THE aim of this little volume is, as far as may be, to translate into verse what the lines and colours of certain chosen pictures sing in themselves; to express not so much what these pictures are to the poet, but rather what poetry they objectively incarnate. Such an attempt demands patient, continuous sight as pure as the gazer can refine it of theory, fancies, or his mere subjective enjoyment.

'Il faut, par un effort d'esprit, se transporter dans les personnages et non les attirer à soi.' For personnages substitute peintures, and this sentence from Gustave Flaubert's 'Correspondence' resumes the method of art-study from which these poems arose.

[VI] Not even 'le grand Gustave' could ultimately illude himself as a formative power in his work – not after the pain of a lifetime directed to no other end. Yet the effort to see things from their own centre, by suppressing the habitual centralisation of the visible in ourselves, is a process by which we eliminate our idiosyncrasies and obtain an impression clearer, less passive, more intimate.

When such effort has been made, honestly and with persistence, even then the inevitable force of individuality must still have play and a temperament mould the purified impression: –

'When your eyes have done their part,
 Thought must length it in the heart.'

                                            M. F.

February 15, 1892.

 

 

 

 

Erstdruck und Druckvorlage

Michael Field: Sight and Song.
London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane 1892, S. V-VI.

Die Textwiedergabe erfolgt nach dem ersten Druck (Editionsrichtlinien).

URL: https://archive.org/details/sightandsong00fielgoog
URL: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000205644

 

 

 

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