“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.” - Simonides of Ceos

Saturday, December 12, 2015

"A Slash of Blue" by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was a master of saying much with a few words. In these few lines she paints a beautiful word picture of the amazing canvas of the skies. Some scholars contend that this poem is a reference to the American Civil War, and while that may be the case it still stands on its own as a beautiful piece even if taken literally.

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Program Credits

Announcer: Thomas Lamar
Composer: Natasha Green
Sound Design & Mixing: Christopher Green
Photography: Davide Ragusa
Producer/Director: J.D. Sutter

Emily Dickinson, circa 1846
image credit: Amherst College Library; retrieved from poets.org

"A Slash of Blue" by Emily Dickinson

A slash of Blue —
A sweep of Gray —
Some scarlet patches on the way,
Compose an Evening Sky —
A little purple — slipped between —
Some Ruby Trousers hurried on —
A Wave of Gold —
A Bank of Day —
This just makes out the Morning Sky.

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