Full fathom five

Full fathom five

Paul Woodroffe

Photomechanical reproduction of pen and ink drawing.

5½ x 4 inches

Songs from the Plays of Shakespeare , facing p. 64.

This is Woodroffe’s reading of Ariel’s strange song in The Tempest. The artist captures the weird tone, in part morbid and in part ethereal. The flowing hair and congested detail express the notion of teeming plenty – nature in magical excess. The illustration makes a strong contrast with his representation of winter’s frugal cold and sterility.

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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