Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Tag Tuesday-Poetry


This week's Tag Tuesday theme is Poetry .
I have chosen to illustrate a poem by C19 English poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins. I studied his poetry for English Literature A Level and enjoyed his beautiful  language. Hopkins was a Jesuit priest who used the beauty of nature to show his devotion to God.
For the base of my tag I took some pelmet vilene and coloured it with
Inktense paint blocks and watercolour pencils. Then I machined over in random straight lines with various colours, including some glittery threads. I highlighted it with nail varnish, then added the kingfisher , ribbon and text.


As Kingfishers Catch Fire 

BY GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.

I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men's faces.