Friday, April 9, 2010

My mysterious obsession with enormous polypi continues apace.

That's a fecking big Kracken!


Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

And let me say in passing, how much I'm looking forward to the new version of Clash of the Titans, especially the pivotal scene where Perseus asks Andromeda out on a date but somehow fucks it up and goes home alone.

15 comments:

Puss In Boots said...

The best bit about this poem, other than the fabulous art, was the comment at the bottom.

Alex said...

I like the poem Ramon, but oh my god, how I love that picture. I think I need an enormous print of it hanging over the head of my bed.

And I reckon I'd pay good money to see "Clash of the Titans" with a texan-pirate-goth love-gumby as the main character. It'd make a nice change from the beefcake-in-tiny-skirt archetype.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Puss, Alex, the whole "giant fucking sea monster eating a ship" theme is sadly neglected in modern art these days.

What a pity Squib isn't here.

Alex said...

the whole "giant fucking sea monster eating a ship" theme is sadly neglected in modern art these days.

Yes it is, Ramon. And this is about the best example of it that I've seen. The way the sunlight and tentacles draw the viewer from the ship down to the beast's framed eyeball. And the way that the perspective is skewed to make the image more lively and exciting. Just awesome.

Pepsi said...

Poor little ship.

Cath said...

the whole "giant fucking sea monster eating a ship" theme is sadly neglected in modern art these days.

And yet there is still a huge popular genre involving doggies playing poker.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

There's no justice in the art world, Cath.

How's the bub coming along, BTW?

Boogeyman said...

That's a fecking big Kracken!

Or a very small ship. Maybe even a toy ship floating in a tank containing an ordinary sized squid posing for the artist.

Scandal in the sea monster themed art community!


I'm looking forward to the new version of Clash of the Titans

I'm looking forward to the bit where Perseus's best mate Jason sets him up with four dead-cert hott chickz for the night, and they turn out to be a gorgon, a harpy, a Cyrenaicist, and a Stoicist. Naturally, he flubs it with the Cyrenaicist, trojan-kisses the harpy, gets his heart broken by the Stoicist, and ends up drunken spooning the gorgon.

Alex said...

I guess it could also be using forced perspective to show a normal sized octopus near the shore and a normal sized boat way out at sea.

Boogeyman said...

I think he artist painted this with the octopus in front of a green screen - what a fraud.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

You're spoling it for everybody else, Boogey.

Cath said...

Hey Ramon.. Thanks for the enquiry. I think the progeny is going better than the rest of me. There is clearly some sort of world wide conspiracy to keep the true awful facts of pregnancy secret. Noone mentioned to me the migraines and the sinus issues. Unless this is just my fun. Of course, I don't complain....

squib said...

Tennyson and a picture of a monster octopus. I go away and you post all kinds of fabulous

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

How was the trip, Squib?

And how were the dolphins?

squib said...

Holiday was lovely. Dolphins were beautiful. As were dugongs, turtles, pelicans, stingrays, starfish, bilby, baby thorny devil, and ten billion stars

I read 'On the Beach' on the beach and thrashed MrSquib at tennis three days in a row. I also did about 20 hours of backseat driving which was exhausting