9781599621036

Love's Exquisite Freedom

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  • ISBN13:

    9781599621036

  • ISBN10:

    1599621037

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-10-04
  • Publisher: Welcome Books
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Summary

The newest installment in Welcome Books' Art & Poetry series, Touched by an Angelpairs the lyrical grace of Maya Angelou with the exquisite art of Edward Burne-Jones. Angelou's poem of love's transcendent power finds a striking, sensual complement in Burne-Jones, a star of 19th century Britain's Aesthetic movement. Burne-Jones continually examined themes of love, and the psychology of love, while persuasively arguing for the value of art as an object of beauty. In Touched by an Angel, Burne-Jones' contention that art reveals a "a light better than any light that ever shone" is tempered by Angelou's naturalism and earnestness. The combination is an enchanting, powerful exploration of the redemptive quality of love and the unbidden pleasure of emotion.

Excerpts

"Touched by an Angel"

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
 
Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
 
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

- Maya Angelou

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