Hampshire Field. Photo: Peter Jordan
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.
Even Fuseli’s 1781 painting “The Nightmare” (below) – which seemingly depicts the contents of the female sleeper’s febrile imagination …read more
The Friends of Coleridge, an open society dedicated to the appreciation of the poet, have recently launched a new website that offers a number of useful resources.
They’ve provided a collection of graphic and written portraits by his contemporaries, an edited and contextualized selection of his poetry, a timeline of the major events in his life, and a guide to corrections to the Princeton Poetical Works series, among others.
In addition, the site offers information about the Friends, their semi-annual publication The Coleridge Bulletin, and their other Coleridge-oriented programs of interest to both scholars and enthusiasts.
The fascinating and unexpected connections between Romanticism and Japanese culture are displayed in a number of temporary exhibitions on show in Tokyo.
The recently-finished “Imaginary Architecture from Piranesi to Minoru Nomata,” at the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, traced a tradition of artwork depicting architecture that does not exist in real life from Romantic-period London to contemporary Tokyo.
The exhibition featured a number of notable Romantic works, including English painter John Martin’s sublime and terrifying 1823 illustrations of Paradise Lost and the eighteenth-century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Imaginary Prisons, a series of prints imagining vast subterranean vaults with distorted staircases and labyrinthine machines. By placing these pieces alongside more recent works such as the contemporary Japanese artist Minoru Nomata’s images of fantasy architecture, the show highlighted surprising and illuminating points of connection and contrast.
Fuji seen from Lake Kawaguchiko (image by Midori)
The mountain is 100 km from Tokyo and clearly visible in good weather – although nowadays you generally need to find a higher vantage point than a “Fuji viewing hill.”
Folks at Vancouver Island University have created a video detailing their interpretation of William Blake’s Printing process. Thanks to Roger Whitson on the NASSR Listserv for alerting us to this video.
Reading Group Report: ‘Words for Remembering’: Twentieth Century Propaganda and Nineteenth-Century England
Led by Kate Katigbak (Durham)
We discussed the choices of poetry in Jennings’ film, commenting that they were linked by a theme of conflict that transcended historical timeframes. For example, William Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ lyric, reflecting on the failures of the French Revolution, and Rudyard Kipling’s poetry, lamenting the fall of the British Empire, seemed strikingly appropriate for …read more