In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white Moon-shine.
From “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Illustration “The Albatross” by Gustave Doré (1876 edition)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born on October 21, 1772. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” gave us this familiar quote:
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
Thank you for sharing these marvelous photos through the days of your life.
Those of you who follow Benny’s blog and his Rubaiyat blog know that he has been working on a new translation of the Rubaiyat. It is now complete and includes fifty water-color illustrations by Benny.
What is the secret of the astounding success of Omar Khayyam? Was it because he made a philosophy of wine, advocating, ‘Eat, drink and be merry’? Or was it mystic wine?
This colour plate does not find place in the book.)
For those who are interested in Omar Khayyam my version shall certainly resonate as true to the original. Imagine the pleasure of reading him for the first time? Eight hundred years later you can relive the pleasure his quatrains first produced among his readers.
“In the ten sections of his book, Benny Thomas has composed his own Khayyāmasque quatrains covering most of the central and salient features of Khayyāmian themes. Whether it is in the chapter titled “Cup of Wine” or “Love Feast,” the essence of Omar Khayyām’s Rubā‘iyyāt is echoed in the poems of Benny Thomas. For those interested in a mystical reading of Khayyām’s quatrains, this collection of poems provides an invaluable insight…” (Selected from the Foreword by Prof. Mehdi Aminrazavi the author of The Wine of Wisdom.)
What a treat seeing the entrance to Hemingway’s home! Also enjoyed the cars from the 50s – brought back memories.
Picturing Books is a wonderful collection of books portrayed in art which Irene Gallo put together.
The above, Book of Doves by Nicholas Roerich, is only a tiny sample. It was a tough call for me between this one, Gustav Dore’s Don Quixote, Frank Quitely’s Destiny and the New York scene by Eric Drooker. Besides these which grabbed my attention, there are several with wonderful bright colors and others which are attention grabbers in their own way.