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"The Cup of Life was Poisoned" und weitere Werke von Courtney Blazon

"The Cup of Life was Poisoned"
30 x 22 inch (h x w)
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Marker and Pastel on Paper

Mary Shelley’s time with Percy Shelly was intense but short, a mere eight years from their elopement in 1814 (when she was 16) until his drowning in 1822 (when she was 24). In this interval, she also survived a life-threatening miscarriage, and buried her first three children: Clara (lived 1 month), William (lived 3 ½ years), Clara Everina (lived 12 months).
Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', had a profound effect on Mary. The Rime tells the tale of a mariner who brings a curse upon himself and his crew by shooting an albatross that had saved their ship from an icy grave. As penance, and as a reminder of the curse, he is forced to wear the albatross around his neck as he pursues redemption.
In this portrait, the albatross represents the guilt and remorse that haunted Mary (through no fault of her own) after the deaths of her infant children and her husband, and the suicides of her half-sister and her husband’s first wife.
Mary Shelley returned to England in 1823 to make her living as an editor and author. She successfully pursued this career for 28 years, till her death in 1851, writing a biography of her husband, and publishing the definitive collection of his poetic works. Percy Shelley’s presence was never far away. In her writing desk, Mary kept his heart, wrapped in the pages of one of his last poems, 'Adonais, An Elegy on the Death of Keats'.
Mary Shelley remained a close acquaintance of Coleridge, and she would use the albatross as a metaphor in her masterpiece, 'Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus'.
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