By George Bernard Shaw
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Bernard Shaw Needs a Review??!!
George Bernard Shaw does NOT need a review, and certainly NOT my crtiyique! Pygmailion is an ageless masterpiece that only grows in worth with more readers and time.
'Tis not a matter of personal taste nor opinon. It is much like Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Twain's Huckleberry Finn or John Lennon's "I Am The Walrus", requiring an artistic review to inform people of its aesthtetic worthiness. Some art has far exceeded the time where any practical criticism. might contain useful or new thinking.
I believe there IS Art that blatantly transcends any possible critical review; --modern, or otherwise.
If there is someone whom believes that Beethovan's 6th Symphony (The Pastorial) requires a review for a person to justify a listen, than there is someone out there whom is devoid of ALL aesthteic sense.
In short, it is NOT simply a matter of opinion!
If you do not like Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, than you need more education, What education? EVERYTHING. You are in the enenviable position of lacking so much practical academic knowledge, that you could be described as an intellectual enpty shell.
Conversely, it coud be easily be said that you are in for some sublime treats!
Remember that 'ignorance' is NOT stupidty, but simply the lack of knowledge. Do not despair if you are ignorant. We ALL have areas of woeful ignorance! However, there is great worth in the traditional Classics Education; --literature, math -The Calculus, physics, philosophy, history,fine art, music and writing, etc. If you have the most menial brain possible you are still in for a sublime treat.
Do NOT read books at 120 MPH as my supposed learned and famous university forced me to read books. Read at a comfortable, SAFE, 25 or 30 MPH. --Better yet, read at the speed of a horse walking. Art must be savioured without rush or it will NOT enjoyed, appreciated NOR understaood.
Recognise that there is Art from the ages that is simply GREAT and can have no other final "opinion". In fact, opinion does not enter into a work like Shaw's Pygmalion. It is too late for this.
God is Good. If you want to argue against the genius of Mozarts seminal work, "Die Zauberflöte", you will find your self mearly peeing into the wind.
After a time of general critique. some works transcend the world of criticism. The Sistine Chapel ceiling is a great work of Art. To deny this is absurd. Opinion cannot be persued on a large level.
This state or Art can take centuries to reach or just a few decades, "John Lennon;s "I am The Walrus" is the music and lyric equal of ANY Mozart work. In 50 years, music universities will be teaching Lennon's use of circuar modulations to form the melody. --Count on this.
If you want to laugh hardily, go back to late 1967 and find the issue of Gramaphone Magazine where Rex Reed (fanous reviewer) reviews , "I am The Walrus". Rex Reed, with all his educationm and fashionable eurodite opinons. gave this work a review that will make your head explode. Reed ridiculed Lennon's masterpiece with hammering blows of sarcastic vitriol that would shock Charles Manson.
I do not know if Mr. Reed remains alive, but, I suspect, as time progressed, this was a review that he would never live down.
Some art is simply esquisite. To try to reduce a masterpiece's level is an act of a desperate man with a curious and unknown agenda. Try not to be that man.