POETRY & PAINTING: Ezra Pound & a Sad Nymph from Pompeii

 

 

Ancora

by Ezra Pound


Good God! They say you are risqué,
O canzonetti!
We who went out into the four A. M. of the world
Composing our albas,
We who shook off our dew with the rabbits,
We who have seen even Artemis a-binding her sandals,
Have we ever heard the like?
O mountains of Hellas!!
Gather about me, O Muses!
When we sat upon the granite brink in Helicon
Clothed in the tattered sunlight,
Muses with delicate shins,
O Muses with delectable knee-joints,
When we splashed and were splashed with
The lucid Castalian spray,
Had we ever such an epithet cast upon us!


 

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A nymph watches over the floating body of Icarus. Detail from the Death of Icarus fresco at the Villa Imperiale, Pompeii, 10 BC – 10 AD

 

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POETRY & PAINTING: Emily Dickinson, Death, & Humour

” ’Tis sweet to know that stocks will stand
When we with daisies lie”


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POETRY & PAINTING: Glanmore Sonnets VII & Turner

 

 “Midnight and closedown. Sirens of the tundra, of eel-road, seal-road, keel-road, whale-road, raise”

 


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Homeric Hymn 39 to Athena

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Pallas Athena sculpted by Carlo Sarrabezolles, 1925 Trocadéro Gardens, Paris

“I begin to sing of Pallas Athena, the glorious goddess, bright-eyed, inventive, unbending of heart, pure virgin, saviour of cities, courageous, Tritogeneia.”


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POETRY & PAINTING: The Hunt & Sorrow

“greyhound to roebuck, laughter to skin and bone; and no one survives the hunt”


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6 Paintings & a Poem for the Solstice

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  Lengthy, halcyon evenings illuminated with gold, relaxed, blissful and shimmering with the spirit of Apollo, call for bright and pastoral paintings.


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