The kid was a divine vessel with a pencil

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flowersophy

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Chinese-China
Hi,
Does "The kid was a divine vessel with a pencil" mean "The kid has a gift for drawing"? Here is its context:
Ryan was an artistic genius when it came to painting and drawing, while my art didn’t come close to his. The kid was a divine vessel with a pencil.
(Quoted from a book named Memory of a Vagabond by Adam Ross Rapoport)

Thanks very much!
 
  • goldenband

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    English - American
    I think you're exactly right. The kid's "gift for drawing" is (rhetorically) implied to come from God/the gods, i.e. a divine source that pours his talent and/or inspiration into him.

    (The phrase "I am but a [humble] vessel" -- occasionally used by artists, musicians et al. to refer to divine inspiration -- is a somewhat related example.)
     

    flowersophy

    Senior Member
    Chinese-China
    I think you're exactly right. The kid's "gift for drawing" is (rhetorically) implied to come from God/the gods, i.e. a divine source that pours his talent and/or inspiration into him.

    (The phrase "I am but a [humble] vessel", occasionally used by artists, musicians et al. to refer to divine inspiration, is a somewhat related example.)
    I see. Thanks for your help, goldenband!
     
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