The Art of Writing and Other Essays, Robert Louis Stevenson

ON SOME TECHNICAL ELEMENTS OF STYLE IN LITERATURE {1}

There is nothing more disenchanting to man than to be shown the springs and mechanism of any art. All our arts and occupations lie wholly on the surface; it is on the surface that we perceive their beauty, fitness, and significance; and to pry below is to be appalled by their emptiness and shocked by the coarseness of the strings and pulleys.

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Published in: on March 18, 2007 at 8:31 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. oh i don’t agree, knowing the inner mechanism makes me appreciate the surface more.


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