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Realism in Literature and Art Clarence Darrow

Realism in Literature and Art

Clarence Darrow

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This volume was published in 1899.Contents:- Realism In Literature and Art- Robert Burns- George Burman Foster- Some Paragraphs Addressed to Socialists...........................................................................Excerpts:MoreThis volume was published in 1899.Contents:- Realism In Literature and Art- Robert Burns- George Burman Foster- Some Paragraphs Addressed to Socialists...........................................................................Excerpts:Literature, sculpture, painting, music, andarchitecture, indeed all forms of art, were theexclusive property of the great, and the artistthen, like most of those today, was retained toserve the strong and maintain the status of theweak. No one dreamed that there was anybeauty in a common human life or any romancein a fact. The greatest of the earth had notyet learned to know that every life Is a mys-tery and every death a tragedy- that the sparkof the infinite, which alone transforms clay tolife, animates alike the breast of the peasantand the soul of the prince. The world had notyet learned that the ant-hill is as great asMont Blanc, and the blade of grass as mys-terious as the oak. It is only, now that theworld is growing so delicate and refined thatit can see the beauty of a fact- that it is de-veloping a taste so rare as to distinguish be-tween the false and true- that it can be movedby the gentle breeze as well as by the winters ,gale- that it can see greater beauty in a state-ment true to life, than in the inflated taleswhich children read.................................................................................It was not enough that Rohert Burns taughta religion as pure and gentle and loving asthat proclaimed by the Nazarene himself. Itsmeaning and beauty and charity wore lost onthose who would not see. Long ago it waswritten down that, Inasmuch as ye have doneit unto one of the least of these my brethren,ye have done It unto me.- If this is any testof a religious life, then few men will stand ashigh in the great beyond as Robert Burns. Thispoor poet has melted more hearts to pity andmoved more souls to mercy, and inclined morelives to charity than any other poet that everdreamed and sung. Not men and women andchildren alone were the objects of his bounte-ous love and tender heart, but he felt the painof the bird, the hare, the mouse, and even thedaisy whose roots were upturned to the bitingblast.