The final product need not reflect the artist's state of mind at all.
Many choices in the construction can be made for technical reasons,
that have nothing to do with how the artist is feeling.

The case with the TWL is particularly relevant, given that
the final product was influenced by Pound and Viv.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Diana Manister 
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  Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 7:58 AM
  Subject: Re: Biography

  Peter wrote: "Does a piece of art ALWAYS come from a state of mind?"

  Even without defining "state of mind" the statement that art comes from it seems to be a truism. What is an individual without a state of mind? Dead perhaps, not even dreaming. Assuming the artist is not dead or in the deepest coma, if he/she is mobile enough to put pen to paper or brush to canvas a state of mind is a given. Diana


    From:  Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
    Reply-To:  "T. S. Eliot Discussion forum." <[log in to unmask]>
    To:  [log in to unmask]
    Subject:  Re: Biography
    Date:  Wed, 30 Aug 2006 23:15:15 -0700
    From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>

    > > A piece of art always comes from a particular state >of mind,
    >  That was my first thought, too. I don't think there's much of an argument
    > there. Problems arise when the piece of art is treated as an illustration
    > of the state of mind, which it may in some sense be, but not as a piece of
    > art.

    Does a piece of art ALWAYS come from a state of mind?

    Would Pound go along with that?



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