An Analysis Of 'In Praise Of Limestone'

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Does sunlight look white in colour? Be not deceived! It actually consists of all colours of the rainbow as proved by Sir Isaac Newton. He projected an exquisite spectrum by reflecting sunlight through a glass prism; furthermore, by refracting it back together he proved that the prism did not colour the light, but it is light where the colours come from. Simply sunlight mulls the creative human mind; augmenting to that, the sun being the biggest star appears to be the most powerful, but it also fades away each time it rises. This is how nature outplays human mind. The theme of deception is depicted by William Hugh Auden’s poem “In Praise of Limestone,” Edward Hirsch’s poem “I am Going to Start Living like a Mystic,” and in James Turrell’s arts, …show more content…
As the poem “In Praise of Limestone” uses limestone, the gravels, and granite as symbols of nature, which it refers to as the oceanic voices. The rocks and pebbles often seem to be on the surface of water, but in reality they are at the bottom, and are in contact with the clay beneath. It is due to reflection that it appears to be on the surface. On the other hand, the poem “I am Going to Start Living like a Mystic” Edward Hirsch describes snowflakes as blue flakes of light, because he is looking at the sky and due to reflection the snowflakes appear blue to him. Both sculptures portray reflection, as it is the reflection of the colour of light, which causes the viewer’s perception of the art piece to change. Even though the actual colour does not change. Thus, without doubt humankind does not recognize the reality, and its quest for perfection …show more content…
But ironically wealth is a strange companion, as it only benefits when it leaves. This portrays that life of this world is nothing, but only a temporary illusion, as everything that rises ultimately falls. Furthermore, Auden refers to humankind as, “soft as earth” (line 54), which shows the pleasure craving nature of humans. For example, humans often use drugs like tobacco or alcohol for pleasure. Apparently it looks like the drugs are an easy escape from one’s problems, but they actually damage the immune system, and even cost life. This happens as people consume more and more of it to produce the sensation they felt the first time, but certainly this never happens. Further, he states that the most audacious ones are procured by the “older colder voice” (line 57) of wilderness, which is the “oceanic whisper” (Auden, line 57), that is like the devil drawing humans to the wrong path by tempting them with wrongful wonders. The audacious ones sideline the danger, and in the end pay the price. For instance, people commit crimes for the sake of wealth thinking that they will never be caught, but eventually pay the price, which in most cases is their life. A mineral like diamond surely looks pleasing on the eye, but it also gives a very important lesson. It is only at extremely high temperature and pressure, and over a very long period that carbon turns

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