The Critic as Artist by Oscar Wilde

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Wilde felt that poetry was superior to the graphic arts for what reasons? Evaluate his claims.

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In "The Critic as Artist," Oscar Wilde writes that literature is superior to the graphic arts, because unlike paintings of sunsets or portraits or other related forms of art, literature is "soul speaking to soul in those long-cadenced lines, not through form and colour alone…but with intellectual and emotional utterance, with lofty passion and with loftier thought, with imaginative insight, and with poetic aim" (2289). Wilde goes on to express that graphic art isn't really anything that
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Through literature, "Those whom the poet makes live have their myriad emotions." (2214) To be able to emphasize life in writings make literature a superior.

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4/4/2014 4:18:21 PM RE: LITERATURE VS. THE GRAPHIC ARTS
MEGAN GARDNER

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Wilde appreciates graphic designs, but he feels that they are empty. He describes it like an elaborate shell of hollowness. I think the direct quote is "And so the picture becomes more wonderful to us than it really is, and reveals to us a secret of which, in truth, it knows nothing" (2217). He was referring to the Mona Lisa in that last quote. I think he has a point though. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. However sometimes you need more than a thousand words to portray a clear and concise message complete with feelings and emotion. A picture can only expand and convey so many words at once. It can't widen the view on what it has already captured. Words can be added to, changed, subtracted and modified. There are a million different ways to portray one certain message in words. In a picture what you see is what you get. You can interpret for yourself what the artist wanted, but you can't know for sure ever if it isn't a clear enough picture. There is too much guess and check with pictures. With words there is no

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