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Immense passion is a difficult concept to describe Feelings such as love rage and misery are portrayed in many ways but never quite captured properly by words Defining moving emotions is challenging Throughout time creative minds have tried to depict emotions through paintings poetry and other artistic methods In the piece A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful author Edmund Burke explains his perception of the significant feelings associated with the expression sublime In the word sublime as many other words there are multiple meanings and degrees of intensity According to Burke Astonishment is the effect of the sublime in its highest degree the inferior effects are admiration reverence and respect Sec 1 pg 57 The sublime is to be viewed first and mostly as amazing but also honored for the uncertainty it makes one feel There are different aspects of life that one would describe as the noble sublime In Section X Magnitude in Building Burke considers selected structures to be sublime He explains that too greaten a length in buildings destroys the purpose of greatness pg 76 In other words to get the awe of a building scale is essential It is not the vast height that one finds compelling however the measurement of the building compared to an object in its adjacent Unfortunately the perspective will lessen it in height as it the building gains in length pg 76 This is because the mind can envision the most massive of structures and there is no way an actual building can be as breath taking as the imagination A building too tall lacks imagination Instead an astonishing building would contain great design and details True artist effect the noblest designs by easy methods Designs that are vast only by their dimensions are always the sign of a common and low imagination pg 76 In order to be truly astonished and inspired by a building a happy
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