Oscar Wilde quote about feelings from Intentions - All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.
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All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.
 Oscar Wilde, Intentions (1891). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source Intentions
Topic feelings art poetry
Date 1891
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/887/887-h/887-h.htm

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“It is just because he has no new message, that he can do beautiful work. He gains his inspiration from form, and from form purely, as an artist should. A real passion would ruin him. Whatever actually occurs is spoiled for art. All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.
Ernest. I wonder do you really believe what you say?
Gilbert. Why should you wonder? It is not merely in art that the body is the soul. In every sphere of life Form is the beginning of things. The rhythmic harmonious gestures of dancing convey, Plato tells us, both rhythm and harmony into the mind.” source

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