Quotation by Mario Praz

As the distinctions among the arts are distinctions among the sensorial directions of aesthetic expression (sight, speech, hearing), the visual arts crystallize a state of mind at its farthest point, where it borders on the images of things. The verbal arts seem instead to arrest the uncertain impression which a state of mind produces in us before it assumes that simplification which is able to reconcile it with space and make it a visual image. One is reminded of what Matthew Arnold said, that "poetry is more intellectual than art, more interpretative ... poetry is less artistic than the arts, but in closer correspondence with the intelligential nature of man, who is defined, as we know, 'a thinking animal'"; poetry thinks and arts do not.
Mario Praz (1896–1982), Italian critic, educator. Mnemosyne: The Parallel Between Literature and the Visual Arts, ch. 3, Princeton University Press (1970).
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