Ode to Beatrice

Beatrice, Jennifer Allison – Graphite

“The beautiful lady opened wide her arms,
Embraced my head, and plunged me underneath,
Where I was forced to swallow of the water.”
- Purg. XXXI, Dante Alighieri

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9 thoughts on “Ode to Beatrice

    • The woman in the post “The Slow Art of Beauty” was faceless to symbolize that beauty doesn’t have a face, that it is like sand and can disappear, while the latest post/drawing of Oblique, the model was simply looking down and letting her hair fall in her face. Although, I like that you saw the potential for some other meaning maybe…. Thanks for stopping by btw.

      I am currently reading the Divine Comedy myself (light summer reading! not!) What is your favorite part? I am reading the translation by Henry Longfellow.

      • I was actually thinking a little about shame. The hair falling over her face is for me much more intriguing that well, what follows below. :)

        As to the Divine Comedy, I’ve read Heathcote Williams translation. I liked the beginning much:

        Midway upon the journey of our life
        I found myself within a forest dark,
        For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

        My favorite part is the ending of the Inferno, with Beelzebub between the worlds. That’s a powerful image.

        You know how I think I ended up on your blog? I was reading these days Two Gentlemen of Verona by The Bard, and I see you have visited Verona. Some peculiar connection was formed between my imaginary Verona and your Verona, and somehow, without my knowing that you were in Verona, I ended up on your blog, to discover that you were in Verona. Curious and curioser!

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