Hello blog readers. Today I have two comics for a “Two for Tuesday” post.
Both comics are by illustrator Edward Frascino. I think they are from the 1970s.
I really like Frascino’s loose lines and style. I could not find out that much information about him, but Jacketflap (here) noted that Edward Frascino was a published author and illustrator of comics and books (he illustrated numerous E.B. White stories).
Today – November 28th, is William Blake’s birthday, and because the comic mentions Blake, let’s end this post with two samples of Blake’s poetry (from Leonrado-newtonic):
#1 Holy Thursday
This poem, Holy Thursday, is from a collection of Songs of Experience. “Blake focuses more on society as a whole than on the ceremony. The theme of this poem is the hypocrisy of formal religion and its claimed acts of charity while children are still “reduced to misery”.
Excerpt from Holy Thursday:
And their sun does never shine,
And their fields are bleak and bare,
And their ways are filled with thorns:
It is eternal winter there.
#2 The Sick Rose
There are numerous interpretations of the Sick Rose and it “remains one of the most popular poems of Blake for its perplexing symbolism and various interpretations.”
The Sick Rose
O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
Brief Blake BIO:
Blake was a nonconformist artist (writer and painter) who hung out with the radical thinkers of his day. In one poem Blake wrote, “I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s.”
Blake wanted to create poetry that could be understood by common people, while at the same time “he was determined not to sacrifice his vision in order to become popular.” And Blake never did experience popularity or fame during his lifetime. (And I think readers know how I feel about this – in my humble opinion, sometimes “not” getting fame can help artists keep their art flowing properly – it depends on the person – but many times fame, wealth, and power can “funk” a person up – not always – but sometimes.)
Anyhow, Blake’s final years were spent in poverty, but with a circle of supportive artist friends, while he worked diligently on illustrations for Dante‘s Divine Comedy.
Have a great day.