Saturday, May 25, 2013

365 Poems: What Jane Saw

Day 145

Literary people. So cool. Who thinks this stuff up? And works on it? And funds it? Anyway, The New York Times brought this to our attention, and we can't resist, Emma being one of our fav books and all. So:
On 24 May 1813, Jane Austen visited an art exhibit at the British Institution in Pall Mall, London. The popular show was the first-ever retrospective of the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), England's celebrated portrait painter. Two centuries later, this e-gallery offers the modern visitor a historical reconstruction of that long-lost Regency blockbuster. Enter via the Rowlandson print below, the original 1813 Catalogue, or the floor plan.

Got to thinking -- might be a fun way to create a found poem -- picking a Jane Austen book and playing around with first lines from chapters?

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