Elemental Influences

                   Elemental Influences                   (After: J.M.W. Turner)        Five harbours seen from seawards; ship’s-eye views Of Scarborough andWhitbyin the North, Sheerness, Ramsgate andPortsmouthin the South.      The ports themselves are incidental here; The artist’s interests seem unconcerned With what these places represent in terms Of shelter, […]

                   Elemental Influences

                  (After: J.M.W. Turner)

 

     Five harbours seen from seawards; ship’s-eye views

Of Scarborough andWhitbyin the North,

Sheerness, Ramsgate andPortsmouthin the South.

     The ports themselves are incidental here;

The artist’s interests seem unconcerned

With what these places represent in terms

Of shelter, trade, facilities or homes.

     Rather, his eyes are focussed on the ships

And boats, struggling for mastery with winds

And waves that turbulently threaten wreck;

Or calmed, listlessly still, on tidal slacks,

Unable to proceed where they intend.

     His whole imagination feels the elements

     That influence his deep, impressionistic sense.

 

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