Poetry Turnstyle: Goethe says ‘get on with it Bree’


‘ Though art and nature seem sore disunited

Yet each, before you think, to each is turning;

I too no longer sense discordant spurning,

By equal pulls seem equally excited.


An honest effort’s bound to be requited!

If measured hours we dedicate to learning

And bind ourselves to art with zeal discerning

The heart may glow with nature new ignited.


So too all forming culture needs some tether:

Unbridled spirits end in vain disaster

Pursuing pure perfection’s elevation.


Who wants great things must get himself together;

Constraint is where you show you are master,

And only law is freedom’s sure foundation. ‘



~  ‘Nature and Art’ by Goethe (as translated by John Whaley)

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