The Way of the Makers

The Way of the Makers

The Way of the Makers

The Way of the Makers

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The roots of the tree of life are all interwoven and the branches all spring from one trunk. From the deepest fiber to the loftiest twig one sap of life rises urgently. It nourishes power for reproduction and skill for labor. It creates art, science, poetry and religion. Of it may come lust or love, tyrannous activity or creative wonder, for it all depends on the way the sap is used. Lust and drudgery are ways of bondage. Joyful labor, love, poetry and religion are ways of freedom. If we are willing to use this energizing sap in the ways of bondage, life will be a dry and dusty thing in the end; but if we try, even a little, to use it in the ways of better omen, we may find our spirits growing and blossoming for an everlasting life.

The great way of liberation which I have chosen to discuss in this book is the way of the makers, the poets. it is beset with dangers. But it is a way of adventure alike for those who take it as their very own and for those who follow them sympathetically. I realize that I should not have chosen to write about it myself. I should have delegated the task to a great psychologist who could explain with conscientious elaboration many of the things which stir and fascinate me, or to an earnest critic who would avoid all the perils of receptive simplicity that he might discuss with fastidious scepticism the plaintive and peculiar accounts that poets give of their dreams, their ef-

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