Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism in a Major Way. By encouraging poetic expression, you enable Romanticism. What qualities are then enhanced with Romanticism?:
Romanticism in the fine arts is feeling oriented: That is, feelings on a grand scale. German painter and author Caspar David Friedrich expresses it this way: The artist’s feeling is his law”. Our featured picture was painted by the same C.P. Friedrich.
Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism for Me
The featured painting parallels an inspiration I was given about fog. A spirit on Oquaga Lake dictated her poetry to me. I was the piano player for many years at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. This employment covered some 15 summer seasons. The poetry book is called The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. I have memorized every poem. At sometime in the future, I will do recitations. The Catskills Mountains in New York have inspired many writers. Among them we find Washington Irving. Below is an internal link.
Oquaga Lake was once inhabited by American Indians. The tribe was the Lennie Lenape. Women ran the tribe. I believe the spirit of the lake is an American Indian female. Fingers of Fog a sample of the poetry she related to me.
Washington Irving Archives – DSO Works
Fingers of Fog
Fingers of fog moving quickly
Gliding across the lake.
Almost at jogging speed
Leaving no apparent wake.
Why are they scampering about
At this early morning time?
Thousand of fingers in motions
Moving gracefully with rhyme.
Perhaps each one is a spirit
Released from the depths of the spring:
Enjoying an hour of freedom
Almost ready to take wing.
This spring fed lake is enchanted,
As such water bodies are.
I actually saw its essence-
While viewing the Morning Star.