David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

03 May 2012

Pencil Denier Parts Red See

Such fun to see on TV last night the news item about the restoration and re-presentation of Nicholas Poussin's
‘The Crossing of the Red Sea’.

"We Beheld a Great Red See"

First scene, as we recall, showed a great red veil
with a man-in-suit to either side.

News | NGV unveils restored Poussin ‘The Crossing of the Red Sea’
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What are you looking at? | Mark Shepheard – Nicolas Poussin, The Crossing of the Red Sea
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"There was a Mighty Division"

The two guardians then stretched out their arms and with flourishes most bold did divide that Red See.

from today's The Age _ picture : Wayne Taylor

And in that breach (of true appearance), revealed anew, glowed "The Crossing of the Red Sea".

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"Once more unto the breach, dear friends" (Henry V)

Twas all a tewwible twaditional twap : The Lure of the Golden Guillotine!

"Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;

Let pry through the portage of the head
" (Henry V)

One well-fooled pharaonic seer rushed forward at the illusion. And, oh, was taken-in [ a sepawation most cwuel ].

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