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A man and woman are put in a garden on condition that they do not eat one fruit: they eat it, and lose their joy in all the fruits of the earth.This great idea, then, is the backbone of all folk-lore - the idea that all happiness hangs on one thin veto; all positive joy depends on one negative.It is all very well to talk of the freedom of fairyland, but there was precious little freedom in fairyland by the best official accounts. Yeats's school suggests that in that world every one is a capricious god. Yeats himself has said a hundred times in that sad and splendid literary style which makes him the first of all poets now writing in English (I will not say of all English poets, for Irishmen are familiar with the practice of physical assault), he has, I say, called up a hundred times the picture of the terrible freedom of the fairies, who typify the ultimate anarchy of art - "Where nobody grows old or weary or wise, Where nobody grows old or godly or grave." But, after all (it is a shocking thing to say), I doubt whether Mr. I think the poets have made a mistake: because the world of the fairy-tales is a brighter and more varied world than ours, they have fancied it less moral; really it is brighter and more varied because it is more moral. It is impossible, of course, because nothing human can happen in a modern prison, though it could sometimes in an ancient dungeon.
Fairies and journalists have an apparent gaiety and a delusive beauty.
Fairies and journalists seem to be lovely and lawless; they seem to be both of them too exquisite to descend to the ugliness of everyday duty.
Now, it is obvious that there are many philosophical and religious ideas akin to or symbolised by this; but it is not with them I wish to deal here.
It is surely obvious that all ethics ought to be taught to this fairy-tale tune; that, if one does the thing forbidden, one imperils all the things provided.
The vetoes are indeed extraordinary, but then so are the concessions.
The idea of property, the idea of some one else's apples, is a rum idea; but then the idea of there being any apples is a rum idea.This article was co-authored by Stephanie Wong Ken.Stephanie Wong Ken holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University.A girl may be the bride of the God of Love himself if she never tries to see him; she sees him, and he vanishes away.A girl is given a box on condition she does not open it; she opens it, and all the evils of this world rush out at her.We may not see the direct logical connection between three beautiful silver spoons and a large ugly policeman; but then who in fairy tales ever could see the direct logical connection between three bears and a giant, or between a rose and a roaring beast? Not only can these fairy-tales be enjoyed because they are moral, but morality can be enjoyed because it puts us in fairyland, in a world at once of wonder and of war. Originally published in 1908, this text comes from the 1915 edition.The fairy-tales are at root not only moral in the sense of being innocent, but moral in the sense of being didactic, moral in the sense of being moralising. Science denounces the idea of a capricious God; but Mr. And I have my doubts whether this feeling of the free, wild spirits on the crest of hill or wave is really the central and simple spirit of folk-lore.The boy eating some one's apples in some one's apple tree should be a reminder that he has come to a mystical moment of his life, when one apple may rob him of all others.This is the profound morality of fairy-tales; which, so far from being lawless, go to the root of all law.