The Poet's Books by Helena Bebirian

Dimension: 10"X10" Mounted Gesso prime treated canvas

Medium: Acrylics, based water

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The Poet’s Book, well placed under a vase of orange roses and written in nightly.

“I Cannot Live With You” is one of Emily Dickinson’s great love poems, close in form to the poetic argument of a classic Shakespearean sonnet.¹ The poem shares the logical sensibility of the metaphysical poets whom she admired, advancing her thoughts about her lover, slowly, from the first declaration to the inevitable devastating conclusion. However, unlike most sonnet arguments or “carpe diem” poems, this poem seems designed to argue against love. The poem can be broken down into five parts. The first explains why she cannot live with her love object, the second why she cannot die with him, the third why she cannot rise with him, the fourth why she cannot fall with him, and the final utterance of impossibility. The poem begins with a sense of impossibility:

I cannot live with You –
It would be Life –
And Life is over there –
Behind the Shelf

The Sexton keeps the Key to –
Putting up
Our Life – His porcelain -
Like a Cup –

Discarded of the Housewife –
Quaint – or Broke –
A newer Sevres pleases –
Old Ones crack –

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  • redladyart
    redladyartabout 5 years ago

    A beautiful composition and great attention to details! :)

  • Thank you for your kind words and comment, Sharon! ~H

    – Helena Bebirian

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you once again! ~H

    – Helena Bebirian

  • Randy Sprout
    Randy Sproutabout 5 years ago

    This is such a lovely personal view and you must be a real lover of books, that edge is just fantastic!

  • Thank you very much for the kind words. ~H

    – Helena Bebirian

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

  • Sharon, many many thank you’s! I am greatly honored! ~H

    – Helena Bebirian

  • bristany
    bristanyabout 5 years ago

    splendid painting

  • So kind of you! ~H

    – Helena Bebirian

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

  • I am once again so honored! Thank you so very much! ~H

    – Helena Bebirian

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much for this honorable mention! ~H

    – Helena Bebirian

  • Pinkham
    Pinkhamalmost 5 years ago

    Love what you’ve done. Nice lesson on Dickinson and great painting. Unusual
    location for a book used nightly, and yet I can see why.

  • Thank you for your kind words and comments! ~H

    – Helena Bebirian

  • RoyAllen Hunt
    RoyAllen Huntalmost 5 years ago

    Love the way this seems to capture the light. Nicely done. Congratulations on your feature.

  • Multiple thank you’s! ~H

    – Helena Bebirian

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraalmost 5 years ago

    Amazing colours/design! ;-)

  • Once again, multiple thank you’s, Paul! ~H

    – Helena Bebirian

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