The Poet, Thomas Hood and the Artist, Zevi Blum

Woodcut of an illustration by the artist, Zevi Blum

Woodcut of an illustration by the artist, Zevi Blum

Came across an illustration of Ruth by the artist and Cornell professor, Zevi Blum, who passed away in 2011. Fascinated by the lines and thought it would be a worthy challenge to see if I could do a woodcut of it. It was a challenge! The result is what you see (click image to enlarge – not nearly as worthy as the original.) His hand-watercolored etchings can be seen at his website here.

And now, I’d liked to introduce the poet, Thomas Hood (1789-1845), who was also an engraver before becoming a poet:

RUTH
Thomas Hood (1789-1845)

She stood breast-high amid the corn,
Clasp’d by the golden light of morn,
Like the sweetheart of the sun,
Who many a glowing kiss had won.

On her cheek an autumn flush,
Deeply ripen’d;—such a blush
In the midst of brown was born,
Like red poppies grown with corn.

Round her eyes her tresses fell,
Which were blackest none could tell,
But long lashes veil’d a light,
That had else been all too bright.

And her hat, with shady brim,
Made her tressy forehead dim;
Thus she stood amid the stooks,
Praising God with sweetest looks:—

Sure, I said, Heav’n did not mean,
Where I reap thou shouldst but glean,
Lay thy sheaf adown and come,
Share my harvest and my home.

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A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century.
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