Airy nothing

Last week we found out that Bob Dylan, an American songwriter, composer and poet, was awarded the Noble Prize in Literature.

There’s been as much euphoria as consternation in the media after the announcement, but the most surprising fact is that Bob Dylan has not answered the phone from the Swedish Academy yet. He has not clearly stated whether he accepts the accolade or not, either.

Trivia: In 1964, an existentialist writer and philosopher, Jean-Paule Sartre, refused to accept the Nobel Prize in Literature.  Read more here.

I was happy to hear that one of the greatest bards in the American Songbook is to receive the prize. This decision comes like a breeze to all poetry fans.

As it usually happens in such cases, I was trying to recall when I encountered Dylan’s works for the first time. And it hit me that I must have been around 12. In my music classes, the teacher taught us how to sing and play “Blowing in the Wind” (1963).

The song’s opening phrase:  “How many roads must a man walk down/ Before you can call him a man?” recurred in many of my readings later on. How do we gain experience? How do we know our worth? What makes us different from one another?

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, my beloved Shakespeare, comparing a lover, a madman and a poet,  says that they all use imagination in order to create their worlds:

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Such tricks hath strong imagination (5.1.15-19)
The ‘airy nothing’ becomes something substantial; a thought takes shape and sparks new thoughts.
Wind, lightness, air, space, the freedom of choice, and dreaming – these things inspired me today. I hope that you’ll like my finds.
Flash Furniture Ghost Chairs Crystal Transparent Ghost Chairs

 

Dixon Geometric Modern Antique Brass Octagonal Coffee Table
OraUro sofa by JCP, project Emanuele Magini, photo Silvio Macchi

OraUro sofa by JCP, project Emanuele Magini, photo Silvio Macchi

1. Doll chair via TreeSky 2. Moodboard by Feather and Field 3. Cushion by TwistedBobbinDesigns 4. Shelf brackets by UniqueWoodArtwork 5. Crochet blanket by CraftWonderFinds

1. Doll chair via TreeSky
2. Moodboard by Feather and Field
3. Cushion by TwistedBobbinDesigns
4. Shelf brackets by UniqueWoodArtwork
5. Crochet blanket by CraftWonderFinds

1. Pendant lamp by 24dstudio 2. Dreamcatcher by PoshPaxDesigns 3. Wall hanging via MyFrenchTreasuries 4. & 5. Dreamcatchers by TheDreamBarn

1. Pendant lamp by 24dstudio
2. Dreamcatcher by PoshPaxDesigns
3. Wall hanging via MyFrenchTreasuries
4. & 5. Dreamcatchers by TheDreamBarn

I hope you’ll weave your thoughts around something beautiful and make it your reality.

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Have a wonderful week,

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4 thoughts on “Airy nothing

  1. Marina

    I love your connection of poetry and literature to everyday life experiences. Our lives can be greatly enriched with visual and ephemeral. Well designed objects and interiors can change and improve peoples’ lives. We need poetry for the soul as well as visual and tactile poetry in our lives.
    Thank you for the inspiring post.

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    1. Interiormad Post author

      Thank you for this comment, Marina. How true! Poetry is in small everyday endearings. Love, B.

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