Love gives itself, but is not bought.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Endymion)
The human voice is the organ of the soul.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hyperion, 1839)
Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Spanish Student, 1842)
Music is the universal language of mankind.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Outre-mer, 1835)
The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Nun of Nidaros)
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Arrow and the Song, 1845)
Time has laid his hand
Upon my heart, gently, not smiting it,
But as a harper lays his open palm
Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Golden Legend, 1872)
The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Holidays, 1878)
Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted;
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters, returning
Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill them full of refreshment;
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Evangeline, 1847)
Music and love, my favorite topics! As I’ve written on my previous posts, the gift of music is undeniable. It has the possibility of expressing so much of the human condition that normally wouldn’t be possible with only language. Music opens up dimensions and enables us to directly experience our own subconscious and immediate reality. In my view, and I think Beethoven would agree, poetry and music are the pinnacles of the human enterprise, while all other arts, philosophy and science comes after. An existential problem that could arise with philosophy and science is that life becomes too much experienced from the mind of man instead of the heart. The mind is always at it by analyzing, reducing, synthesizing and summarizing, while music and poetry are already wholly expressing the totality. But this is yet again my own understanding of these topics, and I can fully understand people that have different preferences and that is a good thing. However my own discoveries have brought me to recognizing music and poetry as the climax of the human artistic expression.
What do you think?