Monday, 17 October 2016

Thought 358: The Meaning of Composition

The word 'composition' is formed of two Latin words, the prefix com which means 'together' and the verb ponere 'to place'.

And that perfectly captures the activity of composing, whether it be in music, photography, graphic design, comic book illustration or painting, for these arts all require an element of placing things together (musical notes, objects, words, shapes) in an aesthetically pleasing way. 

Aesthetics comes from the Greek word αἵσθησις which one modern researcher has defined as heart perception.