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It would be hard to find any reputable literary critic today who would care to be caught defending as an idea the old antithesis of style versus content. On this issue a pious consensus prevails. Everyone is quick to avow that style and content are indissoluble, that the strongly individual style of each important writer is an organic aspect of his work and never something merely "decorative." --"On Style (1966) - Susan Sontag
The Music of Gounod, a 'thoughtform' from Thought Forms (1901) by Annie Besant & Charles Webster Leadbeater
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The Music of Gounod, a 'thoughtform' from Thought Forms (1901) by Annie Besant & Charles Webster Leadbeater
The Bouba/kiki effect (1929)
Les Poires, as sold separately to cover the expenses of a trial of Le Charivari
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Les Poires, as sold separately to cover the expenses of a trial of Le Charivari

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Form is the shape or visible structure of a thing or person or a thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold. It can also refer to an order of doing things, as in religious ritual.

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Etymology

From Middle English forme (“shape, figure, manner, bench, frame, seat, condition, agreement, etc.”), from Old French forme, from Latin forma (“shape, figure, image, outline, plan, mold, frame, case, etc., manner, sort, kind, etc.”) Perhaps from Ancient Greek μόρφα (morpha, “bodily form, build”), from μορφή (morphē, “shape, fashion, appearance, outward form, contour, figure”), via Etruscan.

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art form - appearance - biomorphism - content - design - formalism - formula - function - metamorphoses - object - perception - style - thing - zoomorphism

Philosophy

  • Substantial form, asserts that ideas organize matter and make it intelligible
  • Theory of Forms, asserts that ideas possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality
  • Value-form, an approach to understanding the origins of commodity trade and the formation of markets
  • Argument form, aka Logical form or Test form - replacing the different words, or sentences, that make up the argument with letters, along the lines of algebra; the letters represent logical variables

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