My basic methodology in this is that I printed out the text of "The Landscape Garden" by Edgar Allan Poe, numbered the paragraphs, cut out each (keeping the 1-2 liners with a larger paragraph because I'm lazy like that), and then read through the piece, underlining words and phrases that caught my attention and seemed to have more potential to them. Once I was done, I spread out all the paragraph pieces and started to connect relative phrases in a potentially - slightly - arbitrary fashion.

This first time through I started with "happiness" in the 1st main paragraph and connected that to "bliss" in the 3rd. Bliss brought me to "Paradises" in the 8th and 9th, because the point of a paradise is to feel bliss as far as I'm concerned. Paradises are usually beautiful, so "appreciation of the beautiful" from 11 and 12 were next. One must have the "capacity for appreciation" to enjoy beauty (14). Sometimes to appreciate beauty, to have the capacity to do so, one needs to adapt one's eyes: "adaptation to the eyes" (7). Adaptation is a form of learning, I think, so one would be a "student of nature" (13). Students seek knowledge for many reasons and if the topic is something one is passionate about "knowledge is less a labor" (4). Sometimes the reality of this is "apparent only to reflection" (15) and students only recognize the value of that knowledge in hindsight. Being able to see this reality shows "true character" (6). Those of true character - depending on your definition of the phrase - would likely find the value in "institutions of charity" (5). This kind giving is one I see as a "true beauty" (10), because it supplies the "ordinary cares of humanity" (16) to those who need them.

The third time through (the second time follows a path that does not have the same end) began much the same with "happiness" (2) and "Bliss" (3), then "Paradises" (8/9), but it diverted the thought process that perhaps Paradises are not so general. More specifically, the "Music and the Muse" (7) are "domains of Art" (10), but then so are the "harshness and technicalities of Art" (15). To combine the technical with the "flames of invention" (4), one can create "novel forms of Beauty" (6). Maybe ride on the "whim of suffering" (4), but sometimes this creates the most "pure art" (13). While some groups of people may dub art as "fashionable extravagances," others may consider them the "ordinary cares of Humanity" (16), something for which we all innately yearn and appreciate.

As stated in Kolb, it isn't strictly necessary to keep a linear view of things, and isn't it within human nature to jump from one point to another that has only minor relation and back again? That's how I see this activity. It allows one to circle around, catch certain ideas and follow various tangents through a piece of work, like the work of Poe, "The Landscape Garden."

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