Metaphorically Irene.

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UploadedAugust 29, 2011
TakenAugust 28, 2011
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D7000
Exposure5 sec at f/22
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Focal Length60 mm
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Well, what DO you do when there is no power all day? Read. There's lots of time for it, in between the still-life studio.

No, I didn't read the whole Ring of the Nibelung in one sitting, thankfully.

On the political side (since this IS in the "Political Power" theme) :-

The "Dictionary of Select and Popular Quotations (1817) is a mine of usable quotes from the ancient Greeks up to the early 1800's. My favourite is unattributed, but says "Rex datur propter regnum, non regnum propter regem." Translated, "A king is given to serve the kingdom, not the kingdom to serve the king."

The "Nibelungenlied" is a German epic centred on the murder of the dragon-slayer Seigfried and the revenge of his wife Kreimhild. It was the basis for Wagner's "Ring of the Nibelung", which was a favourite of Hitler.

Lalla Rookh is another epic poem in four parts written by Thomas Moore, and set in ancient Persia (now Iraq) and revolves around the fate of a Princess, Lalla Rookh ("Tulip-cheeked" in Persian) who is engaged to a prince, but in love with a poet. As Wikipedia says :-

"Engaged to the young king of Bactria, Lalla Rookh goes forth to meet him, but falls in love with Feramorz, a poet from her entourage. The bulk of the work consists of four interpolated tales sung by the poet: The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan (loosely based upon the story of Al-Muqanna), Paradise and the Peri, The Fire-Worshippers, and The Light of the Harem. When Lalla Rookh enters the palace of her bridegroom she swoons away, but revives at the sound of a familiar voice. She awakes with rapture to find that the poet she loves is none other than the prince to whom she is engaged."

Interestingly, the most romantic of these is the one set in what is now Iran. A country reviled in the US, but not that long ago a nation steeped in romance and fairy-tales. How times change - and it's all down to politics.

9 responses

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (30 Aug 2011):

    Nice and simple composition, very clear and pleasant

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (4 Sep 2011):

    A wonderful still and a great way to pass the time. That is one I have not read.

  • Jim Bennett

    Jim Bennett   gave props (17 Sep 2011):

    Love photos that tell a story.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (28 Sep 2011):

    Clever take on this theme and beautifully captured. Sure gets my vote.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Oct 2011):

    Beautifully presented, Steve! Great narrative too.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (4 Oct 2011):

    Once again I came back to vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (13 Oct 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (27 Oct 2011):

    cool shot, Steve!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (5 Jun 2012):

    "A king is given to serve the kingdom, not the kingdom o serve the king" is the age-old struggle between deontological and teleological reasoning. Machiavelli's Prince is another excellent read.

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