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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"Icarus" - "wheeled and soared and joined the tumbling mirth"

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This week’s Three Muses challenge was “Incredible Journey.” My piece shows Icarus seconds after the pinnacle of his soaring flight, when the sun starts to melt the wax holding his feathered wings together, and he begins to tumble to his death. As he rose on his incredible journey, I imagine he had thoughts similar to those in the poem High Flight.

High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Junior

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

25 comments:

Terri Kahrs said...

Anne, this piece is wonderful and truly encapsulates the idea of a fabulous journey! Awesome! Hugs, Terri

Judy said...

Your art & poem really does illustrate an 'incredible journey' Anne, great interpretation!

Ozstuff said...

Oh, how I love the wonderful imaginings of my blog friends. Anne, this is such a beautiful and thoughtful piece. I found myself shouting "noooooooooo" at the sight of Icarus flying too close to the sun. I love the poem which is such a delicious reference to the theme.
Fantastic work in every way.

indybev said...

I've already said how much I love poetry. The only thing better than a beautiful poem is having it illustrated equally beautifully. You've given us a gift in this piece. Thank you!

WildGoose said...

Like how you show the contrast of feathers and under-feathers to show the disintegration...striking pose of an instant in time..

Kelly said...

great collage

herminesplace said...

Its gorgeous

Lori Saul said...

Wonderful poem and image to portray a truly amazing journey- beautifully done!

Eila A said...

Anne, your artwork is absolutely elegant, very impressive! Great original interpretation of the theme.

Ellen said...

beautiful combination

LW said...

Imaginative art piece…

Beautifully done!

Louise

Alberta said...

The romantic, tragic legend of Icarus has always been one of my favorite myths and your art combined with this poem certainly make me wish I could slip 'the surly bonds of Earth and dance the skies on laughter-silvered wings!"

Diane said...

What a great poem and Icarius is perfect for your imagery!

Dianne Q Adams said...

Wow! Great piece.

Taluula said...

Anne your artwork is a true delight and together with the poem you have created a very interesting and incredible journey. Bravo my friend.

Lynn Stevens said...

great piece, so creative!

Martina2801 said...

Excellent digital artwork !

peppapig said...

Fantastic!!

Mary said...

This is quite wonderful and expressive! The poem is perfect.

lorhen82 said...

What a great take on this theme...well done! ~Lori

toscania-art-life said...

Woow I love this. Goed work.

LiveArt said...

Lovely piece and a lovely story to go with it!!

Linda

AliMayes said...

Beautifully done!
Ali xx

Donna B. Miller said...

What a beautiful poem, and what a wonderful job you've done of illustrating it. Just gorgeous.

Lynifyni said...

Lovely work, Anne! LynnF