‘The Living Thinking on the Dead’ by Alberdi Ucwese The Society June 12, 2014 Art, Beauty, Poetry On the painting “Le berges d’Arcadie” by Nicolas Poussin The rugged mountains in the distance stand beyond, above the three, young shepherds and the shepherdess, who gather round a tomb that they have come upon, inscribed: ET IN ARCADIA EGO. They rest. The man in blue is tracing letters carefully, his shadow cast upon the tomb’s stone-hard address. The four are poised, and statuesque, not airily; they contemplate it diff’rently. The man in red is pointing too, and he looks almost fearfully. The woman rests her hand upon his back; her head looks downward, like the man in white, whose arm rests on the tomb. They are the living thinking on the dead… [as I am too, here in Arcadia, oh, gone!] Alberdi Ucwese is a poet enamored by the Renaissance in Italy and classical Italian painting, in particular. His literary influences include, inter alia, Dante, Tasso, Ariosto, Bembo, Michelangelo, and da Vinci. Featured Image: “Le berges d’Arcadie” by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1695) Related Post ‘Ode to the Great Highland Pipes’ by Joseph Char... For Bill Horn Send up on wings of blood our fathers’ cry, Though the unhearing dead brook not your sound, And flesh yet binds us to the groaning gr... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.