I cannot believe this course is about to wrap up. I have learned a lot from this class that I never would have learnt in many ages. For my final free form article I decided to talk about Blake’s creativeness and its connection to nature, simplicity and complexity; These contradictions that summarize what pastoral is ultimately about. Blake articulates a series of peoms that represent the fundamental movement from the world of innocence to the reality of experience of every pastoral life. Particularly his peom called the Holy Thursday has both an innocence and experience edge that helps us explore the two unique perspectives of the world we live in. Continue reading
The ecumenical challenge of finding a balance between the simplicity of the pastoral period and its complexities is especially poignant as these two great characteristics create a loophole where no one wants an extreme but a mixture of them both.
The video shows a brief display of the intertwined want for complexity and simplicity as Beethoven, plays a tune with soft pitched complex intrumentals, violin and piano, that help relate the music to the sounds of nature. Continue reading