'Let's Draw' Episode 3 - Art and Poetry

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  Art and poetry share a long history. Artists have depicted heroic men and beautiful women from poetry since classical Greece. Homer’s epic poem was an important source time and again for early sculptors. Later, the Italian painter Michelangelo chose to express himself in painting, sculpture as well as in poetry. In the 19th century many English poets were inspired to write poems describing works or art and these have come to be some of the most famous in the language. Close to our time, the 20th century visual artist Cy Twombly’s works have been described as “poetic”. In out next session we use these reflections as a point from which to explore this long and un-definable relationship between art and poetry. Date: Sunday 8th November 2011 Time: 11.00 am -3.00 pm Location Stevenage SG1, United Kingdom Daffodils by William Wordsworth I wander'd lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o'er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a crowd,A host of golden daffodils,Beside the lake, beneath the treesFluttering and dancing in the breeze.Continuous as the stars that shineAnd twinkle on the milky way,They stretch'd in never-ending lineAlong the margin of a bay:Ten thousand saw I at a glanceTossing their heads in sprightly dance.The waves beside them danced, but theyOut-did the sparkling waves in glee: -A poet could not but be gayIn such a jocund company!I gazed - and gazed - but little thoughtWhat wealth the show to me had brought.For oft, when on my couch I lieIn vacant or in pensive mood,They flash upon that inward eyeWhich is the bliss of solitude;And then my heart with pleasure fillsAnd dances with the daffodils.

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