DAMNATION

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In Caspar David Friedrich painting, “The Abby in the Oakwood” resembles the poem “We Are Seven” from Woodsworth’s Lyrical Ballads. Firstly, analyzing the image of Friedrich it is clear that there is a religious message. There are at least two clear depictions of crosses. The cross on the ground to the right appears to be a mark of a buried person. While the other cross appears underneath the ruins of what seems like a church. In addition, there is a visual contrast from top to bottom as the top represent the light of life, while the bottom represents the darkness of death. There is also a religious aspect of life and death such as heaven (enternal life) and hell (damnation).  Taking a look into the text of “We Are Seven” the Romantic imagery of the following two lines clearly depicts the poem in the painting  “Two of us in the church-yard lie,  Beneath the church-yard tree.” (31-32). Like the people in the church yard the trees are dead. The ruined church building leaves us with the feeling of death to its assumed beauty. Similarly to the poem the theme of death appear on the painting.

Moreover, the beauty of the young child is romanticized with the imagery of the woods. “She had a rustic, woodland air, And she was wildly clad:Her eyes were fair, and very fair; –Her beauty made me glad.” (8-12) The painting is a rural countryside woodland and the air above the woods are beautifully clear. The description of wild her garbs are like the wild branches of the trees. However half of the tree appears in the beauty of the light.  Her very fair eyes are the pale light above in the painting. Her fairness and light are associated with the innocence of a child.

 

-Dario Lomeli

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