The Arts and Personal Development
The Arts is a broad term, consisting of the expressive disciplines,
which include among others, art, music and literature.
Learning about the arts contributes to personal growth and development
by stimulating our senses and sensibilities and by awakening the
creative and expressive aspects of our being.
As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said:
"A man should hear a little
music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his
life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the
beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."
along with "music
is a universal language.
Through the ages, transcending time and space, artists have told us
their stories and conveyed their emotions through drawings, paintings,
architecture and sculptures. We have observed their joy, sorrow, peace
and frustration expressed in their work.
Likewise, art allows us to express ourselves.
Through that expression, we communicate. When we enjoy and look at
someone else's art, we see the world through their eyes. When we create
our own art, we allow others to see it through ours. Whether you create
your own art, or appreciate the beauty and genius of the great masters,
it lifts and inspires you beyond your everyday consciousness. Enjoying
art is relaxing, therapeutic and rejuvenating.
music be the food of love, play on". Shakespeare
is not only the food of
love; it is the food of the spirit and the soul. Like art, it is a
universal language and like art it has the ability to transport you
beyond your ordinary level of awareness.
Above and beyond its ability to awaken our senses, studying music helps
develop critical thinking, self-discipline, spatial reasoning skills,
as well as math and reading ability.
the novels, poetry, short
stories and essays of some of the world's greatest writers and thinkers
enriches us by: exposing us to the interesting, fascinating experiences
of others; giving us insight and understanding into human nature and
the human condition; helping us understand ourselves; while at the same
time it transports us to different worlds by stimulating our
imagination and creativity.
Exploring the arts is fun and rewarding on so many levels -
intellectually, spiritually and creatively.
The Wonder Of Poetry
Enjoy these moving poems about life,
the human condition, and existence by these great poets:
O Me! O Life! and O Captain! My Captain!
by Walt Whitman
A Psalm Of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If by Rudyard
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
It Couldn't Be Done, Life, and Don't Quit
by Edgar Albert Guest
Turn Turn Turn
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Pete Seeger
Today's Joy Was Born Of Yesterday's Sorrow
and Bend In The Road by Helen Steiner Rice
The Tear by Lord Byron
I Wandered Lonely as A Cloud by
William Wordsworth Quotes
The Life of Man by Sir Francis
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
by Dylan Thomas
Encouragement and The Old Stoic by
Ode To A Nightingale by
To A Mouse by Robert Burns
On Death by Anne Killigrew
Love and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Charge of the Light Brigade
by Lord Alfred Tennyson
The Other World
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Invictus by William
A Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Poem
Inspiring Goethe Quotes
In Memory of Major Robert Gregory
by William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats Quotes
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allan Poe Quotes
Quotes from Shakespeare on Life, Virtue,