On the teaching, and learning, of representational art

The best a teacher can do

Is lay out for you

A clear explanation

Of the way he

(Less likely, she)


The way to abstract

The buzzing confusion

That meets our eyes

From which

The best of any age

Has extracted and then,

For our future delectation,

Presented seduction

In which, through manners divers and select,

Our eyes are directed

Into scenes that convey

What the sensitive thought,

What the rationalists felt,

The ways the world works.