Thursday, September 1

Spelling and Shakespeare

Okay, wow. How did you guys make it through that last post? There were so many spelling errors that even I caught them! And you know that they're errors when I catch them! Anyway, I think I caught all of them, but feel free to prove me wrong!


Here's something that I was chewing on earlier today: what makes a good writer? I know that that's a really broad question that has a lot of possible answers, but what makes someone a "Shakespeare"? Whenever I study Shakespeare or anyone else that is considered a master in their field, I always wonder if there was ever anyone greater. Is someone great because they took an opportunity and that path led them to discovery? Or are they great because they fit themselves to a generation and their fads and tastes? Shakespeare and de Vinci are still considered masters in their respective fields to this day, so you have to wonder what people saw in them that isn't in other people.


Why don't we see more masters today? Somehow I think that we've lost the awe and wonder that there was in art and music and the written and spoken word when we were less connected as a world. People had a real chance to make something of themselves when everyone wasn't a celebrity.


Part of it is that there never seems to be anything masterful about art in general when you're living through a period. It's always after everyone's dead or too old to appreciate it that the real genius is recognized.


But then I've digressed. I asked what makes a good writer. I really have no idea. Everyone's always told me that Shakespeare was good and I've always believed them. That's not to say I don't enjoy Shakespeare when I can understand him.


Maybe in the end it's not really about what you see or hear or read. I think that really it all boils down to that feeling deep inside you that you get when you hear a beautiful piece of music or watch an amazing play. Or that feeling you get after finishing one of those books and you can't explain how or why you liked it, it just filled you like most other books don't fill you. The Greeks called it agape and then the translators of the gospels and Paul's letters dredged it up out of Greek dictionaries and applied it to the kind of love that only God has for us and only He can give. Somehow I think that He's manifested in those "really good movies" and books and music. Even if the author or writer or whoever didn't intend for that, it's still that God given talent that they are expressing, and we get a piece of that through their works.

2 Comments:

Blogger Catherine said...

Yes, beautifully spoken, and I think it connects to something deep inside our spirits, touches something there, gives us just a glimpse of God's beauty and sometimes feeds us a little truth. I feel that way looking at some of your paintings.

September 01, 2005 11:46 PM  
Blogger Elise said...

very nice o_~ believe i agree.
~Elise~

September 04, 2005 5:56 PM  

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