Kilve Priory near the Quantocks/Wordsworth/Coleridge
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Kilve Priory near the Quantocks/Wordsworth/Coleridge

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Kilve Priory near the Quantocks/Wordsworth/Coleridge

Created by, Paul Newman

On Thomas' journey to becoming a poet, he touches on the lives and inspiration of other poets who had trod before him along his winter route; Coleridge, Wordsworth, Hardy and Barnes. 'Kilve Priory' nods towards the romantic tradition; a ruined chantry, clad in ivy, and an empty landscape apart from what look like three apple trees waiting to blossom. As Thomas approaches spring and 'The Grave of Winter', the ruins acknowledge a time that has passed whilst the empty trees promise fruit on the other side of spring. Thomas took many photos along his route which were published for the first time in the Little Toller edition of the book. Finding it impossible to travel to locations during lockdown, and intrigued by the quality of these images and how they might have drawn Thomas' eye, I decided to make a study of one of them. The title is a note from the back of the photo.

Medium: Graphite on Bristol Board
Size: 22 x 16 cm

Part of the In Pursuit of Spring collection in collaboration with Somerset Art Works (SAW)

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