My book this week was Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Yes, I did have to read it for my English class. But I think school books - when read in their entirety in a week - can count for me. Especially when I like them as much as I liked Aurora Leigh. It's a novel written in verse. It wasn't always easy to read, but I love Aurora as a character. She's just awesome. I like to think that if I had been around in the 19th century, I would have been just like Aurora.
A big part of the novel is Aurora struggling with how she defines art. Here's an incredible explanation:
Art sets action on top of suffering:
the artist's part is both to be and do,
transfixing with a special, central power
the flat experience of the common man,
and turning outward, with a sudden wrench,
half agony, half ecstasy, the thing
he feels the inmost - never felt the less
because he sings it.
Goosebumps, am I right?
One of my favorite sentences in the book was "And art: you swim with feet as well as hands." Yes.