3. Paros

Series Title
Archilochos Suite
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Plate : 11 3/4 x 10 in. (29.85 x 25.4 cm)
Sheet : 18 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (46.36 x 38.74 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection, Gift of Jacob E. and Leona M. Nyenhuis
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The poetic verses by Archilochos translated by Michael Ayrton and selected by him to accompany this image:

A wild fig tree growing among the rocks, feeder of many crows,

easy, accessible, loved by all, a cheap feast for strangers.

…as through a tube a Thracian or a Phyrgian sucks down barley-beer,
and she was leaning forward, working…

In one hand she carried water, in her guile,
in the other, fire…

Farewell to Paros and those figs and the life of the sea…

Paros, the lovely…

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