Sunday, February 26, 2012

Donne Meets Martinakis

I have long been a fan of John Donne's poetry and of course I am in love with art.  As part of my journey at UF the other grad students will post when they come across artists, museums, ideas, schools, ect of interest and we are able to really share some really amazing work.  One artist I had not seen before was Adam Martinakis.  This is primarily because I specialize in Renaissance and Baroque and appreciate all other arts with sheer joy...  I was delighted to see the works and have passed his work on to many many of my peers.... Today when I came across 'The Ecstasy' to post I knew I had to post Martinakas' 'Last Kiss' with this poem... So I am hoping he doesn't mind and this is his blog, please check him out -

Last Kiss, Adam Martinakas,

by John Donne

WHERE, like a pillow on a bed, 
    A pregnant bank swell'd up, to rest 
The violet's reclining head, 
    Sat we two, one another's best. 

Our hands were firmly cemented 
    By a fast balm, which thence did spring ; 
Our eye-beams twisted, and did thread 
    Our eyes upon one double string. 

So to engraft our hands, as yet 
    Was all the means to make us one ; 
And pictures in our eyes to get 
    Was all our propagation. 

As, 'twixt two equal armies, Fate 
    Suspends uncertain victory, 
Our souls—which to advance their state, 
    Were gone out—hung 'twixt her and me. 

And whilst our souls negotiate there, 
    We like sepulchral statues lay ; 
All day, the same our postures were, 
    And we said nothing, all the day. 

If any, so by love refined, 
    That he soul's language understood, 
And by good love were grown all mind, 
    Within convenient distance stood, 

He—though he knew not which soul spake, 
    Because both meant, both spake the same— 
Might thence a new concoction take, 
    And part far purer than he came. 

This ecstasy doth unperplex 
    (We said) and tell us what we love ; 
We see by this, it was not sex ; 
    We see, we saw not, what did move : 

But as all several souls contain 
    Mixture of things they know not what, 
Love these mix'd souls doth mix again, 
    And makes both one, each this, and that. 

A single violet transplant, 
    The strength, the colour, and the size— 
All which before was poor and scant— 
    Redoubles still, and multiplies. 

When love with one another so 
    Interanimates two souls, 
That abler soul, which thence doth flow, 
    Defects of loneliness controls. 

We then, who are this new soul, know, 
    Of what we are composed, and made, 
For th' atomies of which we grow 
    Are souls, whom no change can invade. 

But, O alas ! so long, so far, 
    Our bodies why do we forbear? 
They are ours, though not we ; we are 
    Th' intelligences, they the spheres. 

We owe them thanks, because they thus 
    Did us, to us, at first convey, 
Yielded their senses' force to us, 
    Nor are dross to us, but allay. 

On man heaven's influence works not so, 
    But that it first imprints the air ; 
For soul into the soul may flow, 
    Though it to body first repair. 

As our blood labours to beget 
    Spirits, as like souls as it can ; 
Because such fingers need to knit 
    That subtle knot, which makes us man ; 

So must pure lovers' souls descend 
    To affections, and to faculties, 
Which sense may reach and apprehend, 
    Else a great prince in prison lies. 

To our bodies turn we then, that so 
    Weak men on love reveal'd may look ; 
Love's mysteries in souls do grow, 
    But yet the body is his book. 

And if some lover, such as we, 
    Have heard this dialogue of one, 
Let him still mark us, he shall see 
    Small change when we're to bodies gone.

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