Gainsborough’s Mixing of Humanity and Nature the Third Romantic

The third ‘Romantic’ artwork in the series of ten interpreted within Folding Mirror poems is Thomas Gainsborough’s Sunset: Carthorses Drinking at a Stream (circa 1760).

Poem Structure

The poem has the same amount of words either side of the folding middle
(10-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-10).

The line lengths are also similar and diagnonally decrease in length from the outer line to the inner on each side.

The punctuation and use of capital letters also mirror on each side of the poem, and it does this by having the middle line start the second half of the poem.

The Interpretation

The horizon provides the dividing line of the poem, with the sky and nature above and the ground and humanity below.

The Poem

Enclosed in wood on the sunset horizon

Shades of grey and blue spread across the evening sky
cover canopy of fluorescent leaves circling up on high.
Green trees and lone stump hang below the night,
but over the fading glow of the passing light.

Enclosed in wood on the sunset horizon

woman and child leave the safety of lit path.
One man and grey horses in dark shadows below,
resemble guides of nature within their realm once more.
Silver leads to black and their route along twighlight’s floor

The Painting

Thomas Gainsborough Classic
Thomas Gainsborough Classic

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3 thoughts on “Gainsborough’s Mixing of Humanity and Nature the Third Romantic”

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