Haydon Self-Portrait

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Haydon Self-Portrait

Postby davpol8112 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:55 am

Here is a poem based on Haydon's self-portrait done just before he killed himself.

Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846)
[Oil on Canvas, 1845, National
Portrait Gallery, London]

Already half
entreating back to the interior blazon
of my glass and the world’s loss
- yes and mine –
never quite à la mode
from the long struggle to adapt to something else,
the highest branch of art,
to make it stick in its finality
and catch the brow of Christ’s
redemption (mine) among so many
in Jerusalem
and Lazarus and the rest
historic themed against the light
of public halls of fame,
the poets, marbles, eminences – all.
Dear God, let me not die in debt.

And yet
are little more than portraits held
into a canvas of events greater than their portrayal
and now and here just mine
glimpsed in the language of the little future
of my fading time
writ in the world’s sight
and resignation in the eyes and lips’
half quarter smile of fate’s
nemetic lance and brush
into the heart’s condolences,
greatest at last,
knowing the tightening focal point
will soon be
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Re: Haydon Self-Portrait

Postby Raphael » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:01 am

Good poem
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

Peter Sanson, 1995.
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