Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Parable of the Blind

The Parable of the Blind
by William Carlos Williams

This horrible but superb painting
the parable of the blind
without a red

in the composition shows a group
of beggars leading
each other diagonally downward

across the canvas
from one side
to stumble finally into a bog

where the picture
and the composition ends back
of which no seeing man

is represented the unshaven
features of the des-
titute with their few

pitiful possessions in a basin
to wash in a peasant
cottage is seen and a church spire

the faces are raised
as toward the light
there is no detail extraneous

to the composition one
follows the others stick in
hand triumphant to disaster


jwlogan2 said...

Great picture and poem. For the record, the picture is at Campodimonte in Naples with a smaller version in the Sternberg in Prague. But to really appreciate why B is one of the greatest artists ever, go to the Kunsthistorische in Vienna.

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