'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Tiger, Tiger


Henri Rousseau. Fight between a Tiger and a Buffalo. 1908 . Oil on canvas. 170 x 189.5 cm


Tiger, Tiger, with refulgent conflagration
In the nocturnal afforestation,
Kindly provide details regarding
Nature of supernatural deity
Responsible for your design and technology.

- A bureaucrat.

6 comments:

  1. Katherine, Katherine, thou dost make
    Gibberish of William Blake;
    Please do have a little chat
    With your friend, the bureaucrat.

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  2. Bizarre! When I saw that I immediately though "I saw that in the National Gallery". I obviously didn't because it's in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tricks of the mind. I certainly is a remarkably striking and unforgettable picture though.

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  3. Haw! Haw! But I prefer Blake's original version which was often played over the stadium loudspeakers when my team - Hull City emerged from the tunnel. Our nickname is The Tigers.

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  4. DUH, IT TOOK ME AN AGE TO REALISE!
    NO COFFEE AS YET
    BEST
    JOHN

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  5. Yes, Geeb. I've always enjoyed the enthusiasm of Rousseau. The lack of accuracy seems to go with it. Apparently he was a nice guy too, and had plenty of patrons, who, although they may have privately thought his art was rubbish, supported him because he was so passionate about his own work.

    Well, how interesting YP! Poetical footie games. Novel.

    John, hello! And welcome to TLVD. Come on in and smell the coffee. And I've got bread baking too!

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