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(Art) Poetry Month - 'The Tiger'

11th April 2009 (00:50)
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So April is Poetry Month. To celebrate it back in 2007, I created an image collage of Buffy, as seen through Spike's eyes, to illustrate the poem No Second Troy by W B Yeats.

This year, I've done the same again: although this time the poem is The Tiger, by William Pratt Blake. I hope you enjoy it. :-)

Bandwidth warning: This post contains 12 more large image files under the cut. And yes, I know that big cat in 'Intervention' was really a mountain lion, not a tiger. 

The Tiger 



Tiger, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night

What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? What the chain? In what furnace was thy brain?

What the anvil? What dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears, And water'd heaven with their tears,

Did He smile His work to see? Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night

What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? 


Also, congratulations to Sarah (and Freddie) for their good news. :-)
 

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Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 01:14 (UTC)

Thank you. :-)

Posted by: alexfoster451 (alexfoster451)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 06:17 (UTC)
Buffy/Willow

Very lovely. Thanks for sharing.

~ Alex

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 10:55 (UTC)

Thanks!

Posted by: I write tragedies, not sins (mabus101)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 08:40 (UTC)

I never quite know how to discuss visual, nonverbal art....

Fire pretty. Trees pretty. Buffy pretty.

Mabus like.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 10:59 (UTC)

Thanks. :-) (And agreed.)

I never quite know how to discuss visual, nonverbal art....

If it were original art... I suppose one could talk about the mood it inspires in you, or discuss the symbolism (if any), or comparisons to other pieces by the same or other artists.

For a collage/picspam like this, I guess you'd talk about the appropriateness of the images to the theme - for example, the way Buffy is lifting her hands as if in prayer set against the lines about "Did He who made the lamb make thee".

:-)

Edited at 2009-04-11 11:03 (UTC)

Posted by: petzipellepingo (petzipellepingo)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 08:45 (UTC)
cultural icon buffy by earth_vexer

Very nice!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 11:03 (UTC)

Thanks! :-)

Posted by: sobsister (sobsister)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 11:15 (UTC)

Wow, how creative! I love your choice for "dreadful symmetry."

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 11:58 (UTC)

Thanks!

At first I thought of using a picture of Buffy in a symmetrical pose - both hands on her hips, or something like that - but then I remembered the image from 'Chosen'. It works doubly, too, since the line "what immortal hand or eye" is next to the picture of The First...

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 16:36 (UTC)
willow lighter

Pretty.

*not a poetry person so I can't say anything more in-depth than I thought this was nifty*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 18:30 (UTC)

this was nifty

And you don't have a "Willow collapsed on her side" icon?
:-)

Thanks!

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 17:07 (UTC)
willow wesley fetal pigs

*joins in admiring the pretteh*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 18:30 (UTC)

:-)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 18:58 (UTC)

Whhat a great, unusual art project! Perfect marriage of text and visuals.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th April 2009 23:56 (UTC)

Thanks! (Though it's the second time I've done something similar, so it's getting less unusual each time...) ;-)

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 11th April 2009 19:36 (UTC)

Pretty! I'm a fan.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th April 2009 23:56 (UTC)

Yay!
:-)

Posted by: louise39 (louise39)
Posted at: 12th April 2009 00:00 (UTC)
buffy   the slayer with torch

Like the pics and the poem together. Well placed.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th April 2009 23:56 (UTC)

Glad you liked it. :-)

Posted by: Dio (diachrony)
Posted at: 12th April 2009 00:54 (UTC)
spuffy burning ... secret name (_jems_)

Oooh, I like this! Very nice.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th April 2009 23:56 (UTC)

Thank you. :-)

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 13th April 2009 01:07 (UTC)

Perfect choices of poetry and images, well done. And yes, berry berry pretteh.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2009 08:29 (UTC)

Thanks! :-)

Posted by: thundercat_13 (thundercat_13)
Posted at: 13th April 2009 17:02 (UTC)

Gorgeous. A beautiful interpretation of a favorite poem.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2009 08:33 (UTC)

Thanks!

'The Tiger' was, for me, one of those poems I learned as a child and thought it was about animals, then as I got older I realise there was all sorts of symbolism and stuff in there too. :-)

Posted by: araceli (mana1023)
Posted at: 14th April 2009 13:01 (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2009 15:48 (UTC)

Thanks. :-)

Posted by: mr_waterproof (mr_waterproof)
Posted at: 14th April 2009 17:00 (UTC)

And a very happy birthday to you (and Sarah)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 14th April 2009 21:24 (UTC)

Hi,

I'd just like to add my best wishes for your birthday. I always look forward to reading your fics, but especially your meta (many of which I've recc'd at Buffyology, and on Jet Wolf's Wolf Pack), which are always fascinating reads.

And a happy birthday to SMG too. Did you exchange birthday cards?



Still under Willow & Tara's spell,
Ray Harley, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland.
kerkevik@btinternet.com

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th April 2009 12:24 (UTC)

Thanks!

Sarah's card apparently got lost in the post, I'm still waiting for it to show up...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th April 2009 12:23 (UTC)
buffy-all alone

Thanks, on behalf of myself and Sarah. :-)

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