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.


 


 




A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning


YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 22.5 X 20 SIGNED: LR W/IN IMAGE TITLED: LL W/IN IMAGE FULL SHEET ON RIVES BFK


This wash lithograph on zinc captures Donne's famed compass image laborated in the seventh to ninth stanza of the poem:


If they be two, they are two so
As stiffe twin compasses are two;
Thy soule, the fixt foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if th'other doe......



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