The Voice Of The Machines; An Introduction To The Twentieth Century

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byGerald Stanley Lee

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...clumsy gladness. Perhaps it is the same with us. The theories for poems have to be arranged after we have had them. The fundamental appeal of machinery seems to be to every man's personal everyday instinct and experience. We have, most of the time, neither words nor theories for it. I do not think that our case must stand or fall with our theory. But there is something comfortable about a theory. A theory gives one permission to let ones self go--makes it seem more respectable to enjoy things. So I suggest something--the one I have used when I felt I had to have one. I have partitioned it off by itself and it can be skipped. i. The substance of a beautiful thing is its Idea. 2. A beautiful thing is beautiful in proportion as its form reveals the nature of its substance, that is, conveys its idea. 3. Machinery is beautiful by reason of immeasurable ideas consummately expressed. 4. Machinery has poetry in it because the three immeasurable ideas expressed by machinery are the three immeasurable ideas of poetry and of the imagination and the soul--infinity and the two forms of infinity, the liberty and the unity of man. 5. These immeasurable ideas are consummately expressed by machinery because machinery expresses them in the only way that immeasurable ideas can ever be expressed: (1) by literally doing the immeasurable things, (2) by suggesting that it is doing them. To the man who is in the mood of looking at it with his whole being, the machine is beautiful because it is the mightiest and silentest symbol the world contains of the infinity of his own life, and of the liberty and unity of all men's lives, which slowly, out of the passion of history is now being wrought out before our eyes upon the face of the earth. 6. It is only from the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...clumsy gladness. Perhaps it is the same with us. The theories for poems have to be arranged after we have had t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217285120

ISBN - 13:9780217285124

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