JOHN DONNE


I used to play records when I was working. I happened onto this recording by Christopher Hassall, the English actor, of Donne on one side and Wordsworth on the other. As I listened, those poems literally began taking over my hand, and I began to draw those very romantic, although also somewhat macabre, wash drawings. I began making images to match the poems.


Hearing that marvelous voice, one would understand why I was moved to do the work. It was the music of it, the performance of it, and of course that marvelous combination of courtly and vernacular language. I didn't notice the religious connotations, because his sentiment was so physical.


I was vulnerable to these sonnets because of personal and family travails: my grandmother, mother, daughter and closest friend were all part of this grinding daily responsibility. So these moody drawings, which everybody loved so much, were triggered by anguish as well as love.


 


 




The Anniversarie 2


YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: LL W/IN IMAGE TITLED: COVER E'preuve en cas de malhaus ON RIVES BFK, ARTIST AND PRINTER'S CHOP


One of several images inspired by the text of this poem. This is the only one to invoke the first stanza:


All kings, and all their favorites,
All glory of honours, beauties, wits,
The sun is selfe, which makes time, as they passe.
Is elder by a yeare, no, than t was
When thou and I first one another saw.
All other things, to their destruction draw,
Only our love hath no decay:
This no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday;
Running it never runs from us away,
But truly keepes his first, last, everlasting day.



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