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Hae Dong Yoo Professor Tara Parmiter Writing the Essay Oct. 01, 2006 The Contact It is said that a goldfish’s memory only lasts for three seconds. Therefore, these fish are very playful because everything seems new for them, for they cannot remember what they did for the previous three-second interval. This can be somewhat of a blessing as they do not have to hold onto sad memories. However, in reality, these pitiful creatures also cannot obtain beautiful memories or pictures in their heads. As human beings, we cannot just live a life without beautiful thoughts of the past. Sometimes we need a break from the daily routine: for instance, to reflect or simply be nostalgic. Unlike goldfish, we have the ability to store beautiful memories in our minds. These memories enable us to take a short trip to the world of ‘reminiscence,’ the trip that makes us feel shortly departed from the world and, consequently, take a needed rest. On my desk, there had been a copy of a drawing called ‘ Captive Pegasus ’ by Odilon Redon laying around for several days. I got this picture from my friends when they went to MOMA (….) for sightseeing. Giving me that picture, they said it was very famous. I did not care, to be honest, whether the picture was famous, but somehow I was strongly attracted to the image. It is a drawing that depicts a man holding an untamed Pegasus that seems to be very hostile. However, for me, this picture gave me an impression that the man in the picture constantly attempts to get close to Pegasus. While Pegasus is attacking the man, he is unarmed, merely with a grasp by the bridle on Pegasus. While these two characters are fighting one another, Pegasus is struggling to get out of the man’s hand while the man is struggling to tame Pegasus without harming it. He is trying to relate with the Pegasus by ….. My heart began to beat quickly, curious to know what would happen next. Would they
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finally be friendly to each other? Or would the man just slip the opportunity to tame the Pegasus? According to the Pegasus mythology, the Pegasus represents a poetic genius. Therefore, figuratively, the action of taming the Pegasus is extremely important to an artist. If one can tame poetic genius in itself, one would be able to get a unique, artistic inspiration. As my eyes shifted from Pegasus to the man, I became curious. What does it take for an artist to get a poetic inspiration? Does it take hardship and struggle? I flashed back my memories to look for instances that could possibly connect to the picture. Soon, one thing just struck my mind. It was my memory with my violin. Recollecting memories about my violin, I was summoned to some mystic place, somewhere only my sacred violin and I would know. In that instant, the Violin and I became friends. Thinking about our old times, my mind conjured up memories about things that I’ve learned through my friend, the violin.
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