1784: Whimsical Associations

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From Paul Fussell’s Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (1965): “In ‘The Poplar Field’ …William Cowper…unwittingly allows the whimsical associations of triple meter to work against him.”

The poplars are felled, farewell to the shade
And the whispering sound of the cool colonnade:
The winds play no longer and sing in the leaves,
Nor Ouse on his bosom their image receives.

Twelve years have elapsed since I first took a view
Of my favourite field, and the bank where they grew,
And now in the grass behold they are laid,
And the tree is my seat that once lent me a shade.

The blackbird has fled to another retreat
Where the hazels afford him a screen from the heat;
And the scene where his melody charmed me before
Resounds with his sweet-flowing ditty no more.

My fugitive years are all hasting away,
And I must ere long lie as lowly as they,
With a turf on my breast and a stone at my head,
Ere another such grove shall arise in its stead.

‘Tis a sight to engage me, if anything can,
To muse on the perishing pleasures of man;
Short-lived as we are, our enjoyments, I see,
Have a still shorter date, and die sooner than we.

Image:
Claude Monet: Poplars on the Epte (1891)

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1976: City

Thomas Bayrle - Stadt [City] (1977) detail

Thomas Bayrle: The City (1976) [detail]; here is the whole thing:

Thomas Bayrle - Stadt [City] (1977)

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1941: FDR and Captain America’s Shield

Stern Byrne - Captain America vol 1 no 255 (March 1981) (1)  Stern Byrne - Captain America vol 1 no 255 (March 1981) (1)

Stern Byrne - Captain America vol 1 no 255 (March 1981) (3)

Stern Byrne - Captain America vol 1 no 255 (March 1981) (4)

Captain America recieving his trademark circular shield from FDR in June, 1941. From Captain America #255 (March, 1981) (Roger Stern, writer; John Byrne, artist).

Pep Comics No 1 (Jan 1940) - The ShieldStern Byrne - Captain America vol 1 no 255 (March 1981) (2)The shield’s history developed slowly. Originally, in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941), Cap carried a heraldic-style shield made of steel. By issue #2, it had been replacedwithout explanationwith the now-familiar circular design. In reality, the change had come about as a result of copyright issues; another comic book company had complained that Cap and his shield were a rip-off of a character called simply The Shield.

In 1981, it was revealed that the circular shield had been presented to Captain America by FDR in the Oval Office. Its creator was a metallurgist named Myron MacLain. While the original shield had simply been made of steel, MacLain’s was composed of an alloy of steel and the near-indestructable metal vibranium.

In a 2001 story, King T’Chaka of Wakanda meets Captain America in early 1941 and gives him the sample of vibranium from which the shield is made. A 2010 storyline presents a different version: Captain America and Nick Fury meet T’Chaka and his father during World War II, andafter the Red Skull crushes Cap’s triangular shield in a battleT’Chaka loans Cap a circular vibranium shield that inspires Cap to replace the destroyed shield permanently with a circular one.

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1858: The Austria

Josef Püttner - Sinking of the emigrant ship Austria on 13th September 1858 (1858)

Josef Püttner: Sinking of the Emigrant Ship “Austria” on 13th September 1858 (1858)

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1871: The Burning Ship

Albert Bierstadt - The Burning Ship (ca 1871)

Albert Bierstadt: The Burning Ship (ca 1871)

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1900: Exploding Ship

Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovsky - Exploding Ship (1900)

Ivan Aivazovsky: Exploding Ship (1900). The painting is unfinished; Aivazovsky was painting it the day he died.

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1917: Flamingos

Sydney Long - Flamingos (1917)

Sydney Long: Flamingos (1917)

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