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Inspired By Nature - September 2020

By Aimee Flor
on September 01, 2020
6 comments

Nature Inspirations for September 2020 include: Nature Poem: To Autumn, William Blake (1757-1827) and Nature Music Piece: La Mer, Debussy

 

 

Nature Poem

To Autumn

William Blake (1757 -1827)

 

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained

With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit

Beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest,

And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,

And all the daughters of the year shall dance!

Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

 

'The narrow bud opens her beauties to

The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;

Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and

Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,

Till clust'ring Summer breaks forth into singing,

And feather'd clouds strew flowers round her head.

 

'The spirits of the air live on the smells

Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round

The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.'

Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat;

Then rose, girded himself, and o'er the bleak

Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.

      

 

Nature Music Piece

La Mer

Debussy

Inspired By Nature - August 2020

By Aimee Flor
on August 01, 2020
6 comments

Nature Inspirations for August 2020 include: Nature Poem: Sonnet, Thomas Lodge (1558 -1625) and Nature Painting: The Concert on the Water, Giovanni Battista Viola (1620)

 

 

Nature Poem

Sonnet

Thomas Lodge (1558 -1625)

 

O shady vales, O fair enriched meads,

O sacred woods, sweet fields, and rising mountains,

O painted flowers, green herbs, where Flora treads,

Refreshed by wanton winds and watery fountains;

O all you winged choristers of wood,

That, perched aloft, your former pains report,

And straight again recount with pleasant mood

Your  present joys in sweet and seemly sort;

O all you creatures whosoever thrive

On mother earth, in seas, by air or fire,

More blessed are you than I here under sun.

Love dies in me whenas he doth revive

In you; I perish under Beauty's ire,

Where after storms, winds, frosts, your life is won.

 

 File:Le Concert sur l'eau – Giovanni Battista Viola – Musée du Louvre, INV 208 – Q18572455.jpg

Nature Painting

The Concert on the Water, Giovanni Battista Viola, 1620

Inspired By Nature - July 2020

By Aimee Flor
on July 01, 2020
6 comments

Nature Inspirations for July 2020 include: Nature Poem: To Mrs Boteler, A Description of her Garden, Mary Chandler (1687-1745) and Nature Music Piece: Carnival of the Animals, Saint-Saens

 

 

Nature Poem

To Mrs Boteler, A Description of her Garden

Verses 1-9

Mary Chandler (1687 -1745)

 

How charming is this little spot 

Disposed with art and taste.

A thousand beauties intermixed

Prepare the eyes a feast.

 

The lovely limes in ample rows

With woodbines climbing round,

A shining gravel walk inclose

Where not a weed is found.

 

The crocus, primrose, daffodil,

And cowslip sweet I sing,

And fragrant purple violet -

All harbingers of spring;

 

The musky blushing lovely pink,

Jonquil with rich perfume,

Tulips that vie with Iris'bow,

And balsam's annual bloom;

 

The immortal pea, fair 'emone,

And beamy marigold,

And polyanthus (lovely tribe!)

Their various blooms unfold.

 

The gardener's pride, ranunculus,

Bell-flowered ethereal blue,

The rose campion, and golden lupe,

And wonder of Peru;

 

The amaranths, as poets sing,

That Juno deigned to wear,

That in Hesperian gardens spring,

Bloom fair and fragrant here.

 

The lily fair as new-fallen snow;

All these the borders grace,

And myrtles, roses, jessamines

With fragrance fill the place.

 

A group of dwarfish apple trees

Appear, a fairy scene,

Laden with fruit, such Paris gave

To Venus, beauty's queen.

 

 

Nature Music Piece

Carnival of the Animals

Saint-Saens

Inspired By Nature - June 2020

By Aimee Flor
on June 01, 2020
2 comments

Nature Inspirations for June 2020 include: Nature Poem: Overlooking the River Stour, Thomas Hardy (1840 -1928) and Nature Painting: Fishing, Annibale Carracci (1585)

 

 

Nature Poem

Overlooking the River Stour

Thomas Hardy (1840 -1928)

 

The swallows flew in the curves of an eight

Above the river-gleam

In the wet June's last beam:

Like little crossbows animate

The swallows flew in the curves of an eight

Above the river-gleam.

 

Planing up shavings of crystal spray

A moor-hen darted out

From the bank thereabout,

And through the stream-shine ripped his way;

Planing up shavings of crystal spray

A moor-hen darted out.

 

Closed were the kingcups; and the mead

Dripped in monotonous green,

Through the day's morning sheen

Had shown it golden and honeybee'd;

Closed were the kingcups; and the mead

Dripped in monotonous green.

 

And never I turned my head, alack,

While these things met my gaze

Through the pane's drop-drenched glaze,

To see the more behind my back ...

O never I turned, but let, alack,

These less things hold my gaze!

 

 Fishing (Carracci) - Wikipedia

Nature Painting

Fishing, Annibale Carracci, 1585

Inspired By Nature - May 2020

By Aimee Flor
on May 01, 2020

Nature Inspirations for May 2020 include: Nature Poem: Song on May Morning, John Milton (1608 -1674) and Nature Music Piece: The Moldau, Smetana

 

Nature Poem

Song on May Morning

John Milton (1608 -1674)

 

Now the bright morning star, Day's harbinger,

Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her

The flowery May, who from her green lap throws

The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.

Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire

Mirth, and youth, and warm desire!

Woods and groves are of thy dressing;

Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.

Thus we salute thee with our early song,

And welcome thee, and wish thee long.

 

 

Nature Music Piece

The Moldau

Smetana

Inspired By Nature - April 2020

By Aimee Flor
on April 01, 2020

Nature Inspirations for April 2020 include: Nature Poem: There was an old Man with a Beard, Edward Lear (1812 -1888) and Nature Painting: Two Hunting Dogs Tied To A Tree Stump, Bassano (Jacopo Dal Ponte) (1548)

 

 

Nature Poem

There was an old Man with a Beard

Edward Lear (1812-1888)

 

There was an old Man with a beard,

Who said, 'It is just as I feared!-

Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,

Have all made their nests in my beard!'

 

 

Nature Painting

Two Hunting Dogs Tied To A Tree Stump, Bassano (Jacopo dal Ponte), 1548

Inspired By Nature - March 2020

By Aimee Flor
on March 01, 2020
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Nature Inspirations for March 2020 include: Nature Poem: The First Spring Day, Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) and Nature Music Piece: Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major (“Rhenish”), Schumann

 

Nature Poem

The First Spring Day

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

 

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,

If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,

If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun

And crocus fires are kindling one by one:

Sing, robin, sing;

I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.

 

I wonder if the spring tide of this year

Will bring another Spring both lost and dear;

If heart and spirit will find out their Spring,

Or if the world alone will bud and sing:

Sing, hope, to me;

Sweet notes, my hope, soft notes for memory.

 

The sap will surely quicken soon or late,

The tardiest bird will twitter to a mate;

So Spring must dawn again with warmth and bloom,

Or in this world, or in the world to come:

Sing, voice of Spring,

Till I too blossom and rejoice and sing.

 

 

Nature Music Piece

Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major (“Rhenish”)

Schumann

Inspired By Nature - February 2020

By Aimee Flor
on February 01, 2020

Nature Inspirations for February 2020 include: Nature Poem: Ceremonies for Candlemasse Eve, Robert Herrick (1591-1674) and Nature Painting: St. Jerome in a Landscape, Battista Dossi (Battista di Luteri) (1548)

 

 

Nature Poem

Ceremonies for Candlemasse Eve

Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

 

Down with the Rosemary and Bayes,

Down with the Mistleto;

In stead of Holly, now up-raise

The greener Box (for show).

 

Holly hitherto did sway;

Let Box now domineere;

Untill the dancing Easter-day,

Or Easters Eve appeare.

 

Then youthfull Box which now hath grace,

Your houses to renew;

Grown old, surrender must his place,

Unto the crisped Yew.

 

When Yew is out, then Birch comes in,

And many Flowers beside;

Both of a fresh, and fragrant kinne

To honour Whitsontide.

 

Green Rushes then, and sweetest Bents,

With cooler Oken boughs;

Come in for comely ornaments,

To re-adorn the house.

Thus times do shift; each thing his turne do's hold;

New things succeed, as former things grow old.

 

 

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Nature Painting

St. Jerome in a Landscape, Battista Dossi (Battista di Luteri), 1548

Inspired By Nature - January 2020

By Aimee Flor
on January 01, 2020

Nature Inspirations for January 2020 include: Nature Poem: The Year's at the Spring, Robert Browning (1812-1889) and Nature Music Piece: Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Mendelssohn

 

Nature Poem

The Year's at the Spring

From Pippa Passes

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

 

The year's at the spring,

And day's at the morn;

Morning's at seven;

The hill-side's dew-pearled;

The lark's on the wing;

The snail's on the thorn;

God's in His heaven -

All's right with the world!

 

 

Nature Music Piece

Midsummer Night's Dream Overture

Mendelssohn

Inspired By Nature - December 2019

By Aimee Flor
on December 01, 2019

Nature Inspirations for December 2019 include: Nature Poem: Now Winter Nights Enlarge, Thomas Campion (1567-1620) and Nature Painting: St. Anthony and the Miracle of the Mule, Domenico Beccafumi (II Mecarino) (1537)

 

 

Nature Poem

Now Winter Nights Enlarge

Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

 

Now winter nights enlarge

The number of their houres,

And clouds their stormes discharge

Upon the ayrie towres.

Let now the chimneys blaze

And cups o'erflow with wine:

Let well-tun'd words amaze

With harmonie divine.

Now yellow waxen lights

Shall waite on hunny Love

While youthfull Revels, Masks, and Courtly sights

Sleepes leaden spels remove.

 

This time doth well dispence

With lovers long discourse;

Much speech hath some defence,

Though beauty no remorse.

All doe not all things well;

Some measures comely tread,

Some knotted Ridles tell; 

Some Poems smoothly read.

The Summer hath his joyes,

And Winter his delights;

Though Love and all his pleasures are but toyes,

They shorten tedious nights.

 

 

Nature Painting

St. Anthony and the Miracle of the Mule, Domenico Beccafumi (II Mecarino), 1537

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