Visionary Prose & Literature

Visionary prose and literature related to the subject of our study, though not primarily visual has qualities pertaining to the visual arts.

Latest Addition posted June 7, 2022

The Mistress of Vision by Francis Thompson


Francis Thompson’s poem ‘The Mistress of Vision’ was written and worked on c.1895‒6 while FT was living at Pantasaph, and it was first published in New Poems (1897) in a section titled ‘Sight and Insight’.

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On Raglan Road by Kavanaugh Paul

The attested story is that Patrick Kavanagh personally gave Luke the poem.
The setting of the ballad to the air of the older song ‘The Breaking of the Day’, which Kavanagh himself desired, is in no way straightforward; in fact it’s a work of musical genius.
That’s why Kavanagh probably thought “I can’t fit the words and music quite right, I’ve tried; if anyone can, this man can do it.”

Added on June 6, 2022