"A line is a dot going for a walk"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Alison 88, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Alison 88 Member

    Taiwan - Chinese
    The later works are distinguished by spidery hieroglyph-like symbols which he famously described with, "A line is a dot going for a walk".


    Would you interpret the quote by Paul Klee?


    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    Here is one dot:

    .

    Imagine my dot is taking a walk, and now goes one step:

    ..

    And another

    ...

    And another

    ....

    Eventually, my dot will have gone quite a distance, leaving his little "dot footprints":

    ........................................................

    Imagine those dots right next to each other (because my dot can't jump...:)) and what you have is:

    _____________________________________
     
  3. Alison 88 Member

    Taiwan - Chinese
    Thank you, GreenWhiteBlue.


    Is the line the trace of the dot or those vivid dots?

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2008
  4. tullyNic

    tullyNic Member

    Chinese
    ... I agree with the explain above..
    And I would assume it is a metaphor...
     
  5. Alison 88 Member

    Taiwan - Chinese
    Thank you, TullyNic.
     
  6. alacant

    alacant Senior Member

    Alicante, Spain
    England, english
    Thank you, what a delightful and precise explanation.

    Cheers, alacant
     

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