Time's River: The Voyage of Life in Art and Poetry

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Beginning with a celebration of childhood and ending with praise for the renewed creativity of age, this giftbook marries poems illuminating the journey of life with art from the collection at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA. Four paintings from Thomas Cole create the book's framework.

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Beginning with a celebration of childhood and ending with praise for the renewed creativity of age, this worldwide collection marries poems that illuminate the journey of life with splendid artworks from the National Gallery of Art. Turning its pages unfolds the age-old story of life's changing hopes and pleasures; loves and losses; struggles, epiphanies, and inner victories.

Thomas Cole's visionary series The Voyage of Life-four paintings depicting life as a dramatic journey along a wondrous river-serves at the book's evocative framework and introduces sections devoted to childhood, young adulthood, maturity, and old age.

The book opens with William Blake's "Infant Joy" and closes with Walt Whitman's "The Last Invocation." Other poets encountered in these pages include William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Dante Alighieri, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, William Butler Yeats and Mary Oliver. "Ars Poetica," a poem in which Jorge Luis Borges compares both art and life to a miraculous river, inspires the book's title.

Works by artists such as Marc Chagall, Claude Monet, Walker Evans, Vincent van Gogh, Hiroshige, and Johannes Vermeer provide the magnificent illustrations. A wonderful way to celebrate life's turning points and reflect on its mysteries, this unique anthology is for anyone who loves art and poetry.

About the Author:

Kate Farrell, a poet and teacher at Columbia University, also compiled Talking to the Sun with Kenneth Koch, Art & Love: An Illustrated Anthology of Love Poetry (Bulfinch, 1990), Art & Nature: An Illustrated Anthology of Nature Poetry (Bulfinch, 1992), and Art & Wonder: An Illustrated Anthology of Visionary Poetry (Bulfinch, 1996).

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is home to one of the foremost collections of Western art in the world. Every year it is host to more visitors than any other art museum in the United States, averaging around six million.

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