Almanac Poetry: George Stubbs’ ‘A Lion Attacking a Horse’

 

‘A Lion Attacking A Horse’, by George Stubbs, oil on canvas, 1765. National Gallery of Victoria. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]

 

George Stubbs’ A Lion Attacking a Horse

 

Poetic lines
of muscle and movement
– the lion viciously sinking his teeth
into the horse’s neck,
his razor claws
tearing into its flanks and rump.
Moody, dynamic,
archetypally Romantic:
a lion (Passion) attacking a horse (Reason).
We know which will prevail.
Blake indicated that:
‘The tigers of wrath are wiser
than the horses of instruction.’

 

 

 

(Acknowledgements: poem first appeared in my second book-length collection, Lionheart Summer, Picaro Press, 2011; reprinted by Ginninderra Press, 2018.)

 

 

 

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About

Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

Comments

  1. Fascinating stuff, KD. I like the varied ‘angles of attack’ in this one.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks so much, JL. I like writing ekphrastic poems (basically poems about paintings) like this one – they can yield some interesting results.

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