Monday, April 16, 2007

Good Old Lear


Then they for sudden joy did weep,
And I for sorrow sung,
That such a king should play bo-peep,
And go the fools among.

22 comments:

JBelle said...

cool!

Carla said...

Thanks!!!

Winters said...

An intriguing statue, Carla.

Do tell us more!

Steffi said...

Interesting picture of Lear!

tkkerouac said...

beatiful!

Carla said...

Winters, this king which I have had the pleasure of visiting twice is tucked in a small cubby in the side of a building on a quiet street in Geneva. He looks rather perplexed, does he not?

Steffi, Thanks, I thought so too.

Dan said...

Yes he does look perplexed. He's wondering why someone put such a lovely king in a small cubby of a building in a quiet side. He knows he deserves better! :)

Carla said...

tkkerouac, He is interesting...isn't he?

Carla said...

Dan, Yes, seems to me he's now playing peek-a-boo rather than bo-peep. It will teach him to keep better company next time.

jillie said...

Very nice...I just saw your pic on Toby's blog and saw kootenay (sp?)and you were from Nelson. That place is just beautiful!! I was there 4 years ago. Stayed at a B&B and can't wait to go back again....what a small world.

Jessica said...

I'd love to go there some day...

Carla said...

Jillie, it certainly does astound me at what a small world it actually is. I'll pay you a visit shortly.

Jessica, I am more than certain that you would enjoy it. I hope you get the chance.

The Fool said...

And how did you happen on it, Carla? And what were your thoughts and feelings at the time? An interesting piece. Also, is the inscription something you attached, and, if so, where does it come from, or does it mark the piece in its place of residence?

Interesting contrast on "they" & "I"...and, of course, any notation of Fools or fools catches my eye.

Nice knot...cool post.

Have a wonderful day.

Carla said...

Fool, Indeed, the inscription is something that I attached...lifted right out of King Lear (thus the title). I suppose I should have marked the act and scene, but that would mean digging to find it.

The "they" refers to the daughters and the "I" to the Fool. I particularly like the juxtaposition and irony of the words "joy / weep" and "sorrow / sung."

The King looks as if he's not wearing any shoes. That's exactly as I pictured Lear...no shoes, sitting on a rock in some field going mad...thus the attached quote.

In terms of happening upon it...simply by chance. When I travel, much of my time is spent wandering aimlessly simply taking it all in.

jillie said...

From the looks of it you've done a lot of traveling. Great shots through out your blog.
Thanks for coming by to say hello...see you around :o)

Carla said...

Jillie, Yes, traveling is undoubtedly one of my favorite activities. I figure I must have been a nomad in a past life. Drop by anytime.

jillie said...

A nomad would have a very interesting life. I do wonder if I had a choice of any place and only one place in the world that I could visit...where would it be...

Now that's a tough one...since I was born and raised in Wisconsin, why would I want to go anywhere else?? lol...

Have a good day ;o)

Carla said...

Jillie, That is a very good question! I would hate to have to decide on just one place. Does this mean one place to visit in addition to where you live? Let me know if you think you can decide.

PortraitofPeter said...

I luv the way in which you were able to capture the detail of this statue and of the intriquing quotation too.

A delight to view your posts.

Thank you

Peter

Carla said...

Peter, I am pleased that you enjoyed it. Do visit again.

Annie Wicking and Loman Austen said...

what a wonderful picture, Carla.
Thank you for dropping by to say hello on my blog.

Annie

Carla said...

Hi Annie, thanks for your comment. To be sure, I will drop by your lovely blog again.