Monthly Archives: July 2012

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Love’s Philosophy”

Finally got around to doing a woodblock print of Percy Bysshe Shelley who died in a boating accident at the age of 30. Looking at photos and pictures of Shelley in preparation for the woodblock, it really hit home how … Continue reading

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Maurice Francis Egan’s “The Old Violin”

I did an earlier post about my fiddle and fiddle playing ( “Poetry, Irish Fiddle Music and Cara Dillon” ). I’m still ‘sawing’ away on it; enjoying practicing, but making snail-slow progress. A poem I wrote, “The Fiddler and the … Continue reading

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Olympic Poetry

National Republic Radio has invited various poets to compete in a poetry contest to go along with the 2012 Olympics and will feature their work each week with the readers voting to see who will be crowned (with a laurel?) … Continue reading

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Richard Price’s “Hedge Sparrows”

As part of their Cultural Olympiad project, the Scottish Poetry Library has selected Richard Price’s “little-known poem,” Hedge Sparrows to represent Team GB.  See Guardian article here. With Britain’s long history of great poets (e.g. Shakespeare and Wordsworth), it must … Continue reading

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John Keats’ “Bright Star! Would I Were Steadfast as Thou Art”

For whatever reasons, the DVD, “Bright Star” (about the relationship between John Keats and Fanny Brawne) still hasn’t been released here yet. I am looking forward with keen anticipation to seeing it. For an insightful review of the movie by … Continue reading

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Christina Rossetti’s “Echo”

  Did another woodcut, this time of Christina Rossetti from a drawing by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I am an admirer of her “Goblin Market,” but her “Echo” is my favorite poem which I illustrated using the woodcut image. … Continue reading

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George Gordon, Lord Byron: “She Walks in Beauty”

George Gordon, Lord Byron Recently finished carving this woodcut of a youthful Lord Byron and hand-printed it using a baren.  I took the original print and reduced it by 60% and used it to illustrate one of my favorite Byron … Continue reading

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