Most poets fade after the first burst of youth but William Butler Yeats was most powerful in his old age. He wrote with great power and command until the day he died, each new poem building on the last and his reputation today is founded almost solely on work completed after he was fifty. He is the poet of old age, writing honestly and with astonishing force about the pain of time’s passage and irony of feeling that his ageless heart was ‘fastened to a dying animal’. The struggle for self-realization that empowers his best poems is the struggle to preserve the mind’s connection to his ‘deep heart’s core’ despite encroaching physical decay. ‘Wild Swans at Coole’ is the first of Yeats testaments to the tragedy of living in a time when ‘all has changed, changed utterly’ - the agent of change being WWI and closer to home the Irish civil war of 1916. The short line ‘their hearts have not grown old..’ that seems to celebrate the swans undying passion for the freedom of flight, is a deeper lament for millions upon millions of young soldiers dead before their time. . . I am of a certain age – older than I want to be but younger than I should feel. As my years mount I find my vision soars and powers increase (a subjective judgment to be sure), I feel I know more and the ‘why’ questions have been replaced by the challenges of why not. Yet it is difficult to walk across a crowded city street or lift a heavy stone or drive an automobile for half a day without nodding off. I am indeed growing old but am discovering there is something in me that will not die. Yeats speaks to this. Yes he is long gone, but his work lives on; and the part of him that would not die is now preserved in words that have become great art and a lantern for the human soul. He is an inspiration to never relinquish an active hold on life and continue creating until the act itself is no longer possible.
Equipment mark II canon, computer, inks and acrylic, printer, scanner.
Technical photo elements composited printed,hand detailed, scanned for added manipulation, printed & finished in encaustic - size 36 X 48
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Abi Katon An example of great study and deep creative process with impeccable result. Absolutely a masterwork Jared. Big compliments.
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esse I stay here for dont loose your art ... always stunning. Thank you Jared
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