There are a lot of paintings on the Lady of Shalott, but who was she? She was a mythical lady from the Arthurian period, locked away in a tower in Camelot and a topic for many a painting. Here the poem by Tennyson; and after that different paintings of the lady herself. The Lady of Shalott (1832) By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro' the field the road runs by
To many-tower'd Camelot;
The yellow-leaved waterlily
The green-sheathed daffodilly
Tremble in the water chilly
Round about Shalott.
Willows whiten, aspens shiver.
The sunbeam showers break and quiver
In the stream that runneth ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four gray walls, and four gray towers
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers
The Lady of Shalott.
Underneath the bearded barley,
The reaper, reaping late and early,
Brookwood, Woking, Surrey
I don't know why but I'm crazy about old cemeteries. Especially those in Great Britain. The old (sometimes very old) gravestones tell each their very own story. The lovely statues, angels, crosses and others... I just don't know what it is that makes me want to go there everytime I'm across the canal. So today just some impressions of those lovely little gems.
James Collinson 1825–1881 was one of the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB)
in 1848, but he left it in 1850 because he felt it was incompatible with
his Roman Catholic faith and in 1852 began training to be a Roman
Catholic priest. Another change of heart followed, and in 1854 he
returned to painting.
The empty purse Home again landscape with a windmill Mother and child by a Stile, with Culver Cliff, Isle of Wight, in the Distance Holy Family Sisters
Rievaulx Abbey is England’s most beautiful ruin. Deliberately built
in a remote valley by Cistercian monks, it was originally a virtually
Like 839 other monasteries, friaries
and nunneries, Rievaulx was suppressed by Henry VIII in the 1530s, but
its remote position meant that much of its stonework still stands. It is
easy to forget what a big role monasteries played in medieval society,
and the Cistercian houses of Yorkshire were responsible for developing a
style of building with pointed arches that we call Gothic.
This spread to become the dominant architectural style of Britain for 300 years.
After the terrorist attacks on Paris last Friday everyone is talking about it. What to do, how to react, can we still go out and do the things we love like going to concerts and games? Last night the football match Germany-the Netherlands was cancelled because of a threat. Is it still safe? Most people even the ones who have lost loved ones are saying they are not letting IS terrorise them further, they will not respond in hate.
Those terrorist say they do this out of God's name. God has made mankind in his image, if you believe this kind of thing. There would never be any kind of God who would allow his image to be shot to pieces simply because some choose to interpret what is written in some book ages ago, in an other way as other people. Whether you read the Bible, Koran or Torah, in all of them it says; Thou shalt not kill.
So how can they justify these killings for themselves? How can they live with themselves? How is it that in their minds the 'thou shalt not kill' h…
When I was a child I grew up with French chansons. It was the 70s and they were more on the radio, my parents liked them and played them more. Other songs came more 'in fashion' here and you only heard an occasional French song but not as much.
But after Friday's attacks on Paris it just seemed appropriate to dedicate my Music on Sunday blog to Paris; French and English songs about the city of light;