I know they’re different stories-so far as I know La Belle Dame sans Merci has an Arthurian feel but isn’t based on a particular tale, while Aengus is one of the Tuatha Dé Danann in Irish mythology-but these two pieces strike me as a matched set.
(I’m not fond of Keats’ stock character, but I’m a bit enamored of the Pre-Raphaelite art it inspired. Though the combination of military haircuts, multi-era armor and gauzy gowns sometimes crack me up a little bit too.)
The first of two paintings by William Waterhouse inspired by Herrick’s poem.
Robert Herrick (1591-1674) was an English poet and vicar. His major work, Hesperides, was published in 1648.
His most famous line is from To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time: “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,/ Old Time is still a-flying;/ And this same flower that smiles today/ Tomorrow will be dying.” I’m guessing that sounds familiar.
Filed under Crafts, Poetry
April is notorious for its temperamental weather. The pounding of the rain woke me up this morning. (Even before I had to be up, grrr!)