Please identify the subject and verb for each sentence of this excerpt, taken from Oscar Wilde’s preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Copy and paste the sentences below into a document and identify the subject(s), followed by a comma, and then the verb(s).
Example: The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is all the rage.
Answer: dislike, is
1. The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist.
2. But the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium.
3. No artist desires to prove anything.
4. Even true things can be real.
5. No artist has ethical sympathies.
6. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
7. No artist is ever morbid.
8. The artist can express everything.
9. Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art.
10. Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art.
11. All art is at once surface and symbol.
12. We go beneath the surface at our peril.
13. We read the symbol at our peril.
14. Art really mirrors the spectator, not life.
15. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows the work as new, complex, and vital.
16. Critics disagree.
17. The artist is in accord with himself.
18. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing.
19. He must not admire it.
20. The only excuse for making a useless thing is admiring it intensely.
21. All art is quite useless.”