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My Albatross by jasminetoad My Albatross by jasminetoad
This painting is a nod to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1798 poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner". If you're wondering what's wrong with the bird, then go read the poem ;) The metaphor of having an albatross about one's neck is also a reference to having a heavy weight on your shoulders, extra psychological baggage that can seem like a curse - perhaps of your own making. Great excuse for a cool painting, too. Original acrylic painting by me, of course!
My original acrylic painting. Prints available at [link] and [link]
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:iconartyom2013:
Iron Maiden did a song covering the concept of the poem, it actually has a lot of lines from the poem and shares the name


water, water, everywhere, nor a drop to drink
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:iconthegreensprite:
oh my god what happened to the Bird? :(
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:iconjasminetoad:
>sigh< read the poem! Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge. It's a metaphor, not a bird.
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:iconlawlaii:
I absolutely adore those eyes!
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Muffins-go-rawr Jul 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I remember that poem, poor bird was the sign of hope and the man killed it, now he's doomed to wear the bird around his neck for all eternity. This is beautiful.
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:iconpixie-wildflower:
Sweet & a little said!
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tmduran94 Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Just read the poem recently. Very beautiful work!
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XSashafoREVerX Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! A very interesting peom indeed and a very lovely piece as always.
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:iconxxblack-whitexx:
Well, call me crazy, but... I THINK there`s an arrow in it`s neck...
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