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She Tells Her Love

She tells her love while half asleep,
In the dark hours,
With half-words whispered low:
As Earth stirs in her winter sleep
And puts out grass and flowers
Despite the snow,
Despite the falling snow.

This hauntingly beautiful poem by English poet Robert Graves often comes to me at strange and unexpected moments. It soothes with its rythm and the delicate counterplay between the long and the short lines, but it is also enigmatic, disquieting. To whom, one wonders, does she tell her love, and is there not a brooding sense of something passing, maybe an old love, even as a new one perhaps secretly manifests itself? Your thoughts...

Graves is one of several poets and writers whose paths crossed, often unknowingly, during one week in July 1916 in the crucible of Mametz Wood, a notably sanguinary landmark in the opening phase of the titanic Battle of The Somme. He had been commissioned into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, as had his friend and fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon, and their respective battalions were both here. David Jones, a then unknown artist and poet was a private in another RWF battalion, and they and several other authors wrote vivid, moving and often disturbingly visceral accounts of their experiences, as did the German writer and poet Ernst Junger, who also fought nearby during the following weeks. It is this extraordinary collection of poetry, prose and autobiographical account that will form the focal point in the broader sweep of my forthcoming photographic project.
  • Reading: In Parenthesis by David Jones. A forgotten gem..


Toby Webster
United Kingdom
I am an Englishman living in rural Essex, not far from London. I studied art and photography as a student in the 1970s, but drifted away into the wine trade, where I still work. With the aquisition of a digital SLR a few years ago, I rediscovered my love for landscape photography, most particularly black & white, and with a particular fascination for empty, often desolate places that have a story to tell. I try to seek out the sometimes elusive emotion in simple landscapes where something significant has once happened. I am working on a personal project to record the haunted nature of the many wartime airfields in my part of the world, with a view to repeating the exercise in the now long peaceful battlefields of The Great War. I am trying both to learn and to refine my technique, and I am here, God forbid, subjecting myself to the scrutiny of the many truly talented people on this forum. Although I am not a premium member and therefore cannot request critique in the normal way, I would be truly grateful for any constructive criticism that you may wish to give in the comments section.



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eternumviti Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
A note to thank all those who have added any of my work to their favourites, and to those who have kindly commented, in the last 6 or 8 months. Have been to preoccupied elsewhere, never enough time!
thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
:icongroupjoinplz: :iconballoonplz: Thanks for joining :iconwater-and-nature-art:. We appreciate your support and we are glad to expose your art. :iconhappehdanceplz:

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Cromosoma123 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much for the comment.
quevedo3 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Artist
I like the way you understand photography...congratulations, good job!
eternumviti Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thank you Juan.
Kaarmen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
thank you
chocolatenoir Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Thanks :fish:
Azram Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
tђคภк ץ๏ย for :iconswingonastarplz::iconravesplz:
eternumviti Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
It is my pleasure Jean-Christophe. You have some beautiful work in your galleries.
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