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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

'All Things Southern' Feature: "Marsh Twilight"

Oil on Board
The marshes of Georgia and South Carolina have to be one of my favorite things about the South.  The winding waterways make lovely compositions for paintings and the light on the changing grasses is breathtaking! 
I graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery.  The school was named for Sidney Lanier, the poet who wrote "The Marshes of Glynn" about the marshes of Glynn County, Georgia.  An excerpt of his beautiful poem follows:
And the sea lends large, as the marsh: lo, out of his plenty the sea
Pours fast: full soon the time of the flood-tide must be:
Look how the grace of the sea doth go
About and about through the intricate channels that flow
        Here and there,
Till his waters have flooded the uttermost creeks and the low-lying lanes,
And the marsh is meshed with a million veins,
That like as with rosy and silvery essences flow
  In the rose-and-silver evening glow.
                        Farewell, my lord Sun!
The creeks overflow: a thousand rivulets run
'Twixt the roots of the sod; the blades of the marsh-grass stir;
Passeth a hurrying sound of wings that westward whirr;
Passeth, and all is still; and the currents cease to run;
And the sea and the marsh are one. .......

And I would I could know what swimmeth below when the tide comes in
On the length and the breadth of the marvellous marshes of Glynn.

So, can you see why I'm proud to be a "Sidney Lanier Poet" and a Southern girl? 
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Sharon L. Graves said...

this is so beautiful. I love it.

Barbara said...

Thank you, Sharon! I'm so glad you like it! I think the marshes just lend themselves to such pretty and calming compositions.