Anna Seward - late 18th Century

from Letter from Anna Seward to Dr Darwin (poet), 29 May 1789, pages 265–267:

I differ from you about the analogy between music and her sister sciences, poetry and painting. The mathematical relationship between poetic syllables and musical sounds, has little to do with their congenial powers over the human mind. The real sources of the picturesque, and the stimulative effects of musical sounds, result from the judicious intermixture of discords, hurrying and clashing in descriptive or in animating harshness. The changes into the flat keys express, according to their different combinations, grief, complaint, patience, sullenness, despair; while …   more >>

cite as

Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Dr Darwin (poet), 29 May 1789. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 2 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 265–267. accessed: 16 July, 2024


Anna Seward
Poet, Writer

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Date/Time late 18th Century

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:48:11 +0100
Approved on Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:27:53 +0100