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Image inspired by a Yeats poem

Poem Title:

“Mongan Laments The Change That Has Come Upon Him And His Beloved “

Wayne OConnor - he mourns for the changeDo you not hear me calling, white deer with no horns!
I have been changed to a hound with one red ear;
I have been in the Path of Stones and the Wood of Thorns,
For somebody hid hatred and hope and desire and fear
Under my feet that they follow you night and day.
A man with a hazel wand came without sound;
He changed me suddenly; I was looking another way;
And now my calling is but the calling of a hound;
And Time and Birth and Change are hurrying by.
I would that the Boar without bristles had come from the West
And had rooted the sun and moon and stars out of the sky
And lay in the darkness, grunting, and turning to his rest.


Illustration Title: ‘He Mourns For The Change’

The Process

I did a little bit of research and used that and the visual imagery in the poem as my main cues to inspire the image.

The line “in the Path of Stones and the Wood of Thorns” inspiring the Thorns and Stones in the image.
The wind blown tree is symbolic of change and the passage of time.
The line “A man with a hazel wand came without sound” inspired the main character in the image.

My research on the poem revealing it was a reference to Aonghus, God of Love. My reading of the poem is a since of mourning/loss. So I chose to depict the figures in this emotional state.

The Stone in the background bears Ogham markings, an alphabet used in old Ireland and says the word “Change”. The other elements in my drawing: the inner frame wrapped in cloth, the distant view of Knocknarea and the fairy on the thorns were all personal choice additions.

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