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Barron, D.B. (1963). Endymion: The Quest for Beauty. Am. Imago, 20(1):27-47.

(1963). American Imago, 20(1):27-47

Endymion: The Quest for Beauty

David B. Barron, M.D.

Still let me speak;

Still let me dive into into the joy I seek,—

For yet the past doth prison me.

(Endymion, Book IV)

But were there ever any

Writh'd not at passed joy?

The feel of not to feel it,

When there is none to heal it

Nor numbed sense to steal it,

Was never said in rhyme.

(In Drear-Nighted December)

But cannot I create?

Cannot I form? Cannot I fashion forth

Another world, another universe,

To overbear and crumble this to naught?

(Hyperion, Book I)

Creation may be defined as that process by which the particular, the individual and personal fragment of experience, is made universal. Art proceeds from that point where the individual life, by conscious effort, takes on a universal meaning. Art, the product, is an extension of the artist's life. The roots of art descend into that which is no longer art—the personal life of the artist.

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