So, without further ado, let’s get to today’s painting and poem, inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem, Love’s Philosophy.
To read this poem, click here (or scroll down near the bottom of the page)
WHY SHOULD I NOT SING?
And why should I not sing
my god’s praises?
For I have made him
with these two hands,
with chisel and mallet,
from the marble of imagination
to give me reason to suffer and live.
And why should I not listen
to his oracle,
to his words on the wind,
to his insoluble riddles?
For he has given me a voice,
sometimes sick and hoarse,
sometimes rich and roaring,
and quill and ink with which to write,
and I have penned a woman,
most perfect from my dreams,
and she has come alive.
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?—
See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792–1822. Born near Horsham, Sussex, England. English Romanticism.
Link to Biography: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/percy-bysshe-shelley
Link to Poem: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/50262/loves-philosophy
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For the past couple of months I have been working on a huge new secret project with my painter, Addie Hirshten, of Studio Alchemy
We selected 30 poems (from the public domain) and each day for the next 30 days I will write a poem inspired by it, and Addie will paint a painting.
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