THE ART OF THE DRAMATIST
CRITICISM nowadays is franker than ever before in acknowledging the kinship of the various arts -- painting and sculpture, music and poetry and the drama. As an American poet once made an Italian painter say,
It seems to me
All arts ate one, -- all branches on one tree, --
All fingers, as it were, upon one hand.
And yet at the same time criticism is ever revealing an increasing appreciation of the special characteristics of each of the arts, a keener relish for the qualities peculiar to that art alone and absent from all the others. While every art can make us see and feel and think, each in its own way, the means of each are as different as may be; and whenever their methods are confused there is at once loss of power and misdirection of energy. It is a part of the duty of the epic poet to tell us a story; of the painter to give us an