Untune the Sky Poems of Music and the Dance [compiled by Helen Plotz / illustrated with wood engravings by Claire Leighton]
Untune the Sky Poems of Music and the Dance
[compiled by Helen Plotz / illustrated with wood engravings by Claire Leighton]
New York 1957, Thomas Y. Cromwell Co.
Str. XV, , 162
Oprawa płócienna, barwione na czerwono górne obcięcia, 23 cm
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Stan bdb. [niew. przybrudzenia opr.].
Authors among others: W. C. Williams, W. B. Yeats, W. Shakespeare, T. Hardy, W. Wordsworth, R. Frost, T. Campion, W. H. Auden, W. Blake, R. M. Rilke, E. Dickinson, J. Donne, J. Milton.
Music and poetry are so interwoven, one with the other, that they can be described in almost the same terms; indeed, in their early history, music, dance, and poetry were one. Music is surely the most universal of the arts, and, like the instinctive drives which underlie our actions, it is a part of all human experience every-where. The arts are often defined almost as though they were truly interchangeable—we hear that architecture is frozen music, that music is colorful, or that there are pictures in sound. These con-fusing and misleading definitions leave out the primary qualities of both kinds of art. Painting, sculpture, and architecture are essentially arts of space; music and poetry are arts of time. Only dancing partakes for a moment of both space and time. We can move physically through space but not through time. It may be that it is time which gives to music, as to poetry, the power to take us away from our sole selves into the eternal moment. Music heard becomes music remembered and each of us carries within himself all of the music he has known. And time present and time future are in music. Jazz is part of some mod-ern poetry and Sibelius as well as Handel may inspire a poet. History is another of the arts of time and our music is our history. It has always been so. In its simplest sense our history is "Yankee Doodle" and the American Revolution. In a deeper, but not a different sense, it is "Go Down Moses" and the "Bat-tle Hymn of the Republic." So too with religion. From the time the morning stars sang together, music and dancing have played a part in all religions of the world, Eastern as well as Western and all men have praised God with music and dancing. The poems gathered here are poems about music and dancing in all of their aspects. There are five divisions, all overlapping one another. The first section is devoted to poems about songs and singers, the second to the dance. The next two divisions are concerned with instruments and composers. Last of all are the poems about the transcendent power of music. Music and dancing are bound up in all of life; in fun and humor, in play, in solitude and companionship, in work and in idleness, in war and death and ugliness, as well as in hope and in love.