Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 8 September [1944]

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
8 September [1944]
Place: Belgium
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001606-4
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

To concentrate the eye upon a sky of blue is to lose relationship and the senses soon record a neutral grey to the normal eye, only to be restored to an intense blue by the interjection of a white cloud. It is thus with taste, and with the five senses. It is a mystery -- a wonderful mystery. It is thus also with beauty. I do not understand beauty. I respond to it. I respond.
You understand the same language. You have discovered also that to be away from your music “sound from without” you become nearer (in the silence) to your own sounds from within. Indeed you are at the gates of the source of music. You hear a perfection in what seems to others, silence. It is the revelation of the real, being what we thought was the unreal. Ah, fellow explorer, student, friend -- I am happy for you. Listen. The fire makes new sounds -- Soft popping of gases from the oil in the pine, sweet hissing. Sibilant sounds. They are soothing.
You have much to look forward to. Soon you shall hear the soulful cry of the loon echoing over placid waters. This you have heard. Yet it is different in each place.