Early Samurai Ad 200-1500 by Anthony J Bryant, Angus McBride

By Anthony J Bryant, Angus McBride

Книга Osprey Elite №35. Early Samurai advert 200-1500 Osprey Elite №35. Early Samurai advert 200-1500 Книги Исторические Автор: A.J.Bryant Формат: pdf Издат.:Osprey Страниц: sixty four Размер: 50 Mb ISBN: 1855321319 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Серия военныхкниг Eliteот Osprey

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What I sought was the struggle as such, whichever way it might go. I had no taste for defeat—much less victory—without a fight. At the same time, I knew only too well the deceitful nature of any kind of conflict in art. If I must have a struggle, I felt I should take the offensive in fields outside art; in art, I should defend my citadel. It was necessary to be a sturdy defender within art, and a good fighter outside it. The goal of my life was to acquire all the various attributes of the warrior.

And if it is only a worldly glory, I told myself, then one ought to be able to secure something very similar to it by resorting to the verbal arts. Yet the thing that we sense in the finest sculpture—as in the bronze charioteer of Delphi, where the glory, the pride, and the shyness reflected in the moment of victory are given faithful immortality—is the swift approach of the spectre of death just on the other side of the victor. At the same time, by showing us symbolically the limits of spatiality in the art of sculpture, it intimates that nothing but decline lies beyond the greatest human glory.

In literature, death is held in check yet at the same time used as a driving force; strength is devoted to the construction of empty fictions; life is held in reserve, blended to just the right degree with death, treated with preservatives, and lavished on the production of works of art that possess a weird eternal life. Action— one might say—perishes with the blossom; literature is an imperishable flower. And an imperishable flower, of course, is an artificial flower. Thus to combine action and art is to combine the flower that wilts and the flower that lasts forever, to blend within one individual the two most contradictory desires in humanity, and the respective dreams of those desires’ realization.

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