What Makes An Artist

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by Edgar Guest

We got to talking art one day,
discussing in a general way
how some can match with brush and paint
the glory of a tree,
and some in stone can catch the things
of which the dreaming poet sings,
while others seems to have no way
to tell the joys they see.

Old Blake had sat in silence there
and let each one of us declare
our notions of what’s known as art,
until he’d heard us through.
And then said he: “It seems to me
that any man whoe’er he be,
becomes an artist by the good
he daily tries to do.

He need not write the books men read
to be an artist. No, indeed!
He need not work with paint and brush
to show his love of art;
who does a kindly deed today
and helps another on his way
has painted beauty on a face
and played the poet’s part.

Though some of us cannot express
our inmost thoughts of loveliness,
we prove we love the beautiful
by how we act and live.
The poet singing of a tree
no greater poet is than he
who finds it in his heart some care
unto a tree to give.

Though he who works in marble-stone
the name of artist here may own,
no less an artist is the man
who guards his children well.
‘Tis art to love the fine and true;
by what we are and what we do
how much we love life’s nobler things
to all the world we tell.”

From his book, Collected Verse of Edgar A Guest
© 1934 by The Reilly & Lee Company

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3 thoughts on “What Makes An Artist

    • Edgar Guest wrote a lot of poems in the early 1900s and they were all quite meaningful and inspiring. His theme was more about doing what you know you should rather than a lot of emotions and angst.
      Thanks for your comments. If you do a search for Edgar Guest you’ll find I’ve posted quite a few poems he wrote.

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      • well I will be back to peek around – so thx for the info – and you reminded me to check on a photo blogger named richard guest – I have not heard from him in a long while and will check on him.
        anyhow, edgar’s theme seems right up my alley

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