Art as an umbrella term presents numerous categories and subcategories that are defined and characterized by their recognition in society. There are countless ways to describe the intricacies, emotions, imagination and details that surround various art forms in the world. Take a moment to consider all the ways in life that we are able to express our human thoughts, emotions and nature. Art is not just painting, music and drama- it is all that and more! Any way a human being is able to express themselves is a unique and valuable form of art. As humans we have the ability to express ourselves through countless outlets including: cooking, sports, sculpting, wood or metal work, photography, poetry, writing, leadership and even volunteerism. To go even further, the way we express our cares and commitments to the world through leadership, volunteerism and compassion for humanity also hold an intricate line of beauty thereby falling into the arts category. The arts are an outlet for self-expression, an outlet for the reflection of life and an outlet for respect of such human conditions. One does not need to be creative or imaginative to experience and value the arts. Visual arts while they are a major sect of the artistic world do not encompass all that the arts have to offer.
While it may be a stretch to call leadership and volunteerism forms of art it does remind us that these words hold a deeper connotation, definition and meaning to the plethora of people that use these words to describe themselves and the world around them. Hence, as we speak, read and communicate with one another the world of literature has a major influence on how these words are meant, interpreted and used in daily life. We use words to describe our thoughts, perspectives and define the beauties we behold with our own eyes. Words and languages are the building blocks of how we perceive the world around us and describe those perceptions and emotions. When we go into an art gallery, watch a film or experience a drama production we use words like magnificent, brilliant, and priceless amongst others to describe our initial experience. Thus, without the ability to share our human emotions through speech and words the art world we be at a major loss.
More and more, people are turning away from literature and poetry. In particular, poetry has been interpreted as a dying art form. People no longer want to put the effort into deciphering the intricate details of a well phrased poem. We’ve neglected the details placed in poetry and writing while we praise the details of various other works of art. When you stare at a famous painting like the Mona Lisa or The Starry Night a plethora of different meanings and emotions can be plucked out of the woodwork if one is willing to take the time to look. The same can be said about poetry. If you are willing to take the time to decipher a poem like The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, Sonnet 55 by William Shakespeare or I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth you can find these intricate pictures of art within your mind through the correlation of words these poets placed together. When it comes to reading things like novels and poetry there is no 100% correct or incorrect answer on how it may impact you personally as a reader. Through the art of reading you are able to interpret the author’s works entirely from your own point of view- which can change and grow as you read and learn more.
One of the many benefits of the arts is that there is something for everyone. When you choose to delve into the art of literature and poetry you are not only benefiting yourself but those around you. Without literature we would be lost to countless opinions, ideas and perspectives on the world we live in, we would be lost to the understanding and acceptance of human nature and emotions and more severely we would be lost to the appreciation of nature and the world around us. Concordia, this spring and summer I urge you to take the time to pick up a book or poem and read, read for relaxation, read for entertainment, read for knowledge- read so that literature may acquire the appreciation it is due as the glue holding our society together. Remember you may borrow a book, but you get to keep the ideas found inside. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”- Gandalf. What will you do with your time?