November 16, 2015
It seems a strange irony, as cursive writing is slowly being forced out of schools, the art of calligraphy seems to be growing. On further investigation, the phenomena seems to make sense. Cursive writing is being shoved out of the door because it does not fill the role of a “hard” real-world skill. The argument of many goes: science and mathematics are working together to create a better world, how does cursive writing contribute? Well the counter is simple, cursive writing, and fill the role of art.
Rich in History
Calligraphy is defined as, “artistic, stylized, or elegant handwriting or lettering.” The art of calligraphy in the Western World can be traced back to the origins of the written Latin alphabet in 600 BC. Through the middle ages, writing was done almost entirely in cursive. To some degree it filled a stylistic role, however, in most part, it was just how writing was done. In the early 700s AD, things began to change. Sacred Western calligraphy started to gain popularity. Artistic and expressive elements started to define calligraphy. Many books incorporated “carpet pages” on which one beautiful, stylized letter written. Such pages remained popular even after the invention of the printing press.
Today, calligraphy retains a place in our culture. As cursive writing is taught less often in schools, those who have the skill and ability to produce calligraphy are becoming more and more rare.
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