Artist's description:

One of the songs in the Conversations with Ghosts concert took its lyrics from the WB Yeats Poem Sailing to Byzantium. This poem able mortality and the cycles of life, has a magicalness to the imagery. Those who know the poem will see elements in the imagery.
"That is no country for old men
The young in one anothers arms, birds in the trees
-Those dying generations - at their song,
The salmon falls, the mackeral crowded seas,
Fish flesh or foul commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten born and dies
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of an unageing intellect.
An Aged man is but a paltry thing
A tattered coat upon a stick unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing,
For every tatter in that mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore, I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium. "

Can you see the old man's singing soul?

Materials used:

100% cotton 300gsm paper, etching ink

Sailing to Byzantium (2014)


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