The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don’t want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.
from Utopia by Thomas More (1515 – 1516)
Thomas More was a visionary, and his imagination shows such a depth in his writings. He had a fascination with Roman and Greek myths and beliefs which are displayed throughout this text. Unlike a lot of material from the time, Utopia is relatively easy to understand. He was more a politician than an author, and with this piece he simply tried to convey his vision of the Island of Utopia.
His vision is of a perfect world. The scene is set on an imaginary island, with it’s own society and customs. There are no problems, no unloving relationships, no proletarians, and no division of classes. It is a world where everyone loves, and everyone is equal.