Illustrated Thursday – Moriturus, stanzas XXXIV-XXXVII – Millay

 

MoriturusXXXIV-XXXVIIWe have come to the last four stanzas of Moriturus (and hopefully to the last stanzas of winter too!). Thank you all for joining me on this journey. I decided to end the Moriturus series with my first self-portrait, in that grand tradition that goes back probably to the invention of the mirror. The portrait began as a suggestion from another artist for what to do during one of the recent blizzards – since open studio was repeatedly cancelled – but pretty quickly I realized that I wanted it to become the partner for the last words of this amazing poem. The whole poem can be found here. Drawing (marker on paper) and composition by me.

We can turn and see the path behind us so clearly now:

I-III

IV-VI

VII-IX

X-XII

XIII-XV

XVI-XVIII

XIX-XXI

XXII-XXIV

XXV-XXVII

XXVIII-XXX

XXXI-XXXIII

6 comments

  1. An excellent choice for this powerful finale. As a petite woman (as Millay was) I too like to picture myself in these verses, small but fierce.

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    1. Thank you! It was as I began to work on the self-portrait that I realized it might fit the bill – staring into a mirror at yourself, intent on drawing what you see, was pretty surreal for me! YES to petite and fierce ladies!

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  2. Another good series. Sorry to see it end (but I know you’ll be starting another one soon). These stanzas are particularly vivid, and the self-portrait works well with them.

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  3. I’ve really enjoyed this series! Thank you for sharing it, and for reminding me to read more Edna St. Vincent Millay. 🙂

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