What should I be doing? Studying for my 20th Century Music History midterm.
What am I doing? Learning to write rondel poetry.
But, if I use the poetry (below) as a way to discuss the artistic philosophies in this class, does it count as studying?
“A Rondel to Order in Art”
It is ‘oft thought that to create
we must rebel against all rules
that only traditional fools
would think those the artist’s first mate,
That to follow them is to fate
ourselves to repeating the schools
and that if we are to create
we must forsake all former rules,
But order we must not equate
to primitive, unneeded, cruel
for it indeed is proved a tool;
to use, not recapitulate,
and in adapting, to create.