The Boundless and Miraculous: The Found Poems of Vincent Van Gogh

Larry Stapleton
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Extracts from Van Gogh's letters are presented as `found poems', mainly in the form of sonnets. They record many of the pivotal moments in his life, and Van Gogh's frame of mind and his emotional state at these times are evident in the content and tone of the writing.

The book also features 87 spectacular colour plates of Van Gogh's paintings.

The boundless and miraculous is what Vincent van Gogh believed we should all seek – and to be satisfied with nothing less. This is exactly what he achieved in his art, despite many profound difficulties which he recorded in his letters.

These letters later became recognised for their literary virtues, such as simplicity, clarity, spontaneity and rich imagery. Such qualities are among those most prized in poetry. In The Boundless and Miraculous, closely related extracts from Van Gogh’s letters are brought together to make ‘found poems’ – writing not originally intended to be a poem but reframed as such – here in the form of sonnets.

These record several pivotal moments in Van Gogh’s life, the content and tone reflecting his emotional state at such times. The poems also encapsulate the development of Van Gogh’s artistic vision, notably the thought processes behind some of his most iconic paintings. Highlighted too are his thoughts on the work of other artists – his contemporaries and those who went before him.

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ISBN/EAN 9781916099814
Author Larry Stapleton
Publisher Liffey Press
Publication date 27 Sep 2019
Format Paperback
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