Arcadian Empire

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Learning about schools of art through poetry adds vitality to a painting's steps towards meaning. Arcadian Empire is a poem about 1 of several paintings titled Course of an Empire by Thomas Cole a Hudson River Artist. To the normal eye, one only sees landscape of greenery but as you look closer you see the struggle between colonials and natives, old and new values, nature vs man's infrastructural changes.

A brush carved on the Hudson River

honed romanticism on its bristles.
Dipped in ideal rustic beauty; paints
a paradise lost in an industrial revolution.
Glorified in emotional trees
standing freely to defy norms
of enlightenment and aristocrats.
With clear skies and vast greens
Thomas expresses beauty’s notions.
A fresh morning in spring or summer
shifts a river further down as a crag
and boulder witness a peak fork
from a distance beyond.
Much of the wilderness
disappears into settled lands.
Plowed fields peer with lawns
unto newly built boats,
shepherds herding sheep,
and dancing settlers.
His individualism shows
as an old man sketches
geometrical problems
with sticks.
On a bluff by the river
a megalithic temple hides
beneath sacrificial fumes.
Ideally this fits pre-urban Greece.
The Arcadian Empire signifies
humanity and nature at peace.
A notion portrayed in activities
that relate safety for nature and its inhabitants.

Submitted: October 22, 2020

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