Wednesday, 29 January 2014

decay

i struggled with the theme this week.  i had many thoughts of where i could go with it and nothing was resonating.  i started looking for quotes that included the word "decay."  i came across several things but it was shakespeare's sonnet xv that drew me.  the sonnet speaks to the passing of time from youth to old age, the enduring nature of love, and the holding of memories, even the freezing of time in the lines of the sonnet itself.  the sonnet is below.  so my collage piece is less about decay and more of an exploration of the passing of time.  my tag template is based on a version of a gothic arch.

vintage images are from lunagirl.

SONNET XV
When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and checked even by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful Time debateth with decay
To change your day of youth to sullied night,
   And all in war with Time for love of you,
   As he takes from you, I engraft you new.
William Shakespeare

10 comments:

  1. Lovely idea, and the sonnet fits here perfectly. Valerie

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  2. Wonderful sonnet to inspire you to make this beautiful tag

    Chrissie x

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  3. What an interesting take on the theme Michele.
    There is such a richness to your elements that all work so well together.

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  4. I love the richness of color and imagery in your design. Blessings!

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  5. How inspiring, Michele - I think you have recreated the concept of the passing of time so well with the strong "time" symbols your've used in your beautiful tag.

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  6. Brillaint take on the theme Michele. I have a book of Shakepeares sonnets that I bought in Avon, at Anne Hathaways house gift shop, as a girl some forty umpty years ago :o)

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  7. The tag is a lovely interpretation of the sonnet. I love the grouping of the images.

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  8. You have chosen some lovely images! Carolyn xx

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  9. Lovely tag .You have put a lot of thought into it . Great idea to use a sonnet .
    Jane x

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