Fieldnotes
Leave a Comment

Miranda by John William Waterhouse

This week’s featured image is: Miranda

Shakespeare’s heroines provided the inspiration for several paintings by John William Waterhouse including “Juliet” (Romeo & Juliet), “Miranda” (The Tempest) and many studies of “Ophelia” (Hamlet).

Miranda (1916) is one of the more dramatic images by Waterhouse. I love the imagery of Miranda standing on the rocky beach as she witnesses the vessel being shipwrecked. Here is a sample of Miranda’s speech to her father, Prospero, on the witnessing of the event:

 

If by your art, my dearest father, you have
Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.
The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch,
But that the sea, mounting to the welkin’s cheek,
Dashes the fire out. O, I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer: a brave vessel,
Who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her,
Dash’d all to pieces. O, the cry did knock
Against my very heart. Poor souls, they perish’d.
Had I been any god of power, I would
Have sunk the sea within the earth or ere
It should the good ship so have swallow’d and
The fraughting souls within her.

What do you think of this image?  Comment below – I’d love to hear your thoughts. Until next week!


Want to keep in touch?

  1. Follow me on Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, or @lmillerbooks on Twitter.
  2. Stop by at Goodreads to discuss your favorite reads.
  3. Subscribe today to receive the latest posts delivered to your inbox or by RSS Feed.
This entry was posted in: Fieldnotes

by

Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s