Thursday, July 22

The Day Dream by Dante Gabriel Rossetti - inspired by a Tennyson poem

The Day Dream, 1880, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a painter and poet, is inspired by a Tennyson's poem The Daydream.
Rossetti not only did this painting but also wrote a sonnet that is inscribed on the frame:
"The thronged boughs of the shadowy sycamore
Still bear young leaflets half the summer through;
From when the robin 'gainst the unhidden blue
Perched dark, till now, deep in the leafy core,
The embowered throstle's urgent wood-notes soar
Through summer silence. Still the leaves come new;
Yet never rosy-sheathed as those which drew
Their spiral tongues from spring-buds heretofore.
Within the branching shade of Reverie
Dreams even may spring till autumn; yet none be
Like woman's budding day-dream spirit-fann'd.
Lo! tow'rd deep skies, not deeper than her look,
She dreams; till now on her forgotten book
Drops the forgotten blossom from her hand."
I took this pictures at Second Life in a exhibition of many artists and this is the Rossetti section. Click to enlarge to see it. At the right side there are three of Rossetti's paintings. Left, my avatar.

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