Can't say I agree much with those definitions, but discussing art is always going to be a fuzzy topic.
Personally, my preferred idea of how to score art (insofar as you can do such a thing), I'm inclined to favor the method introduced (and mocked) in the movie "Dead Poets Society" (which, a little bit of research reveals, is in fact embraced by some actual professionals):
J. Evans Pritchard, PhD wrote:To fully understand poetry, we must first be fluent with its meter, rhyme and figures of speech, then ask two questions: 1) How artfully has the objective of the poem been rendered and 2) How important is that objective? Question 1 rates the poem's perfection; question 2 rates its importance. And once these questions have been answered, determining the poem's greatness becomes a relatively simple matter.
If the poem's score for perfection is plotted on the horizontal of a graph and its importance is plotted on the vertical, then calculating the total area of the poem yields the measure of its greatness.
A sonnet by Byron might score high on the vertical but only average on the horizontal. A Shakespearean sonnet, on the other hand, would score high both horizontally and vertically, yielding a massive total area, thereby revealing the poem to be truly great. As you proceed through the poetry in this book, practice this rating method. As your ability to evaluate poems in this matter grows, so will, so will your enjoyment and understanding of poetry.
It appeals to the mathematician in me.
Unfortunately, that first axis is kind of cheating - seriously, "how artful?" So let's break that down to two subfeatures: elegance and beauty of expression. And lets further break elegance down to clarity/subtlety and economy.
Now we have a set of features to evaluate:
For the sake of brevity, we'll put the theme of Rin's route as the problems and dangers of using people as a means to an end (Nomiya to Rin, Hisao to Rin, Rin to Hisao, etc.) On a 5-point scale, I'll give this one a 4.
Rin's route is kind of ugly and painful, but that's mainly to draw the contrast with the brighter bookends - I'll give it a 3.
As for elegance, There's absolutely no economy of expression, but that was an intentional decision, used to great effect, as it manages to walk the incredible tightrope between too blatant and too subtle. So we've got a 2 for economy and 5 for clarity.
So we've got 4 x ((3 + ((2 + 5) / 2) / 2) = 4 x 3.25 = 13
The theme is "don't be a worthless overbearing piece of shit" - important, but obvious. I give it a 2.
Mostly sweet and pretty, except when it has to be dark and painful. Let's say 4.
It manages to be short and to the point, but it does so by being as subtle as a 2x4 to the face. 4 and 1.
Hanako is then 2 x ((4 + ((4 + 1) / 2) / 2) = 2 x 3.25 = 6.5
Theme: don't be too proud to accept the help of others. We'll say 4.
It tells it like it is - not much in the way of pretty flourishes, but not too ugly, either. 3.
Emi's route is Elegant as all get out. it sets the stage, sets the conflict, throws in the inversion, and even manages to avoid the standard pass/fail setup. 5 and 5.
Emi is then 4 x ((3 + ((5 + 5) / 2) / 2) = 4 x 4 = 16
Theme: Honesty in all things will make you a man, allowing you to rise tot he occasion and win the heart of a girl, who has no obligation to show any honesty or loyalty. And if you ever lie, or even avoid telling the whole truth at the first opportunity, you're condemned to live your whole life as a hopeless beta. Okay, I'm being a little harsh, but my point is that the the theme seems all over the place, with little applicability. So 1.
The writing is really pretty, though. Lets' be generous and give it a 5.
There isn't much wasted space, but there's not much subtlety, either. I'll allow the possibility that I'm missing something, so we'll be generous and say 5 and 2.
Lilly is then 1 x ((5 + ((5 + 2) / 2) / 2) = 1 x 4.25 = 4.25
Theme: Adulthood comes without warning, and when it does, you need to be able to think clearly, even when it means self-denial. It's a pretty big deal, and a complex idea as well, so I'd say 5.
Not always the best, and people really hate Jigoro and Hideaki, but there are some very lovely and multilayered scenes. So 4.
The route is often accused of wasting space, but the scenes tend to be in service of the primary theme, or the secondary theme that learning about someone is best done by observing those they interact with (just like Mutou's lecture in Emi's route). So I'm admittedly being generous, but I'll say 4. As for subtlety, it's perhaps a bit TOO subtle. Being generous, we'd give it a 3.
Shizune is then 5 x ((4 + ((4 + 3) / 2) / 2) = 5 x 3.75 = 18.75
Scientific proof that Lilly's route is the worst. :p
In all honesty, though, I'm definitely being too generous to Shizune's route - personally, I think Emi's is the best overall. It's an interesting method to approaching the routes, though.