‘Sonnet—To a New Yorker, Evan Mantyk’ by Bruce Dale Wise The Society January 26, 2013 Art, Poetry “every where the trace of men” —William Cullen Bryant In Thomas Cole’s The Catskills and Lake George, that set on scenic Catskill Creek, New York, in 1845, trees are orange, dark and light green, and reddish brown; they form a core with large, gray rocks around the calm, reflective waters showing mountains pale and purple in the distance. This quiet psalm invites the viewer to its lovely vale. A single soul upon the shore holds to his floating boat beneath an open sky dotted with pink-tinged clouds in soft white-blue, his, th’ only tension placed before the eye, besides a faint and far-off swirl of smoke, an indicator of some local folk. Featured Image: Thomas Cole (1801-1848) The Catskills and Lake George, Catskill Creek, N.Y., 1845, Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-157 Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.