2017

2017
Lovebirds

Introduction:

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Current: Danbury, CT, United States
Welcome! A few years ago, I discovered an application that artists employ in their works to bring cultural awareness to their audiences. Having discerned this semiotic theory that applies to literature, music, art, film, and the media, I have devoted the blog, "Theory of Iconic Realism" to explore this theory. The link to the publisher of my book is below. If you or your university would like a copy of this book for your library or if you would like to review it for a scholarly journal, please contact the Edwin Mellen Press at the link listed below. Looking forward to hearing from you!

27 July, 2016

Love Poem: Two Lives

Any love poems I write or have written remain a private exchange between the man and me. However, I do have a little poem that I've given to friends in the past as a wedding gift. I hand-pen it exquisitely on parchment paper in either Chancery Cursive or Old English calligraphy with iconography to frame the words, and place it in a lovely frame. Ha! Surely, they've been best sellers at tag sales. 

I took this photo in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Two Lives
Two lives entwined
through space and time
sharing an opus 
together, 
each day to bring
a step toward the dream
of Love's harmonic embrace.

© Jeanne I. Lakatos

19 July, 2016

Blindness


 Below is a poem I wrote a few years ago. I took the photograph whilst driving south of Dublin, lost and 'blind' to the correct pathway to a professional conference at I.A.D.T. in Dun Laoghaire. Thanks to a few gentlemen at Dunphey's Pub and their fine directions with a hand-drawn map, I was able to make it to the afternoon panels. Having learned my lesson, the following day, I took the bus. 

(A church near Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, photograph by me)

Blind
A blinding
moves her
to close the blind
shielding her
from brilliance
Outside-
the hour of dusk
palpitates
with a creative verve
releasing gold
Within-
a beam expands
that cannot blind
for Memory
sustains the weakest eye.

© Jeanne I. Lakatos

06 July, 2016

Dante Alighieri's "Paradiso"

Photo from Google Images

Dante Alighieri’s Paradiso

This week, I’ve placed parallel posts on my blogs with both exploring Dante Alighieri’s final book of The Divine Comedy: Paradiso.

Spheres and circularity dominate the theme of this epic poem. Dante often even imitates the shape of the circle with his words. The Pilgrim and guide enter heaven at the convergence of four circles with three crosses. (This use of seven symbols refers to the seven virtues: 4 cardinal, 3 theological.)

The term "cardinal" comes from the Latin cardo or hinge; therefore, the cardinal virtues (Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude) are pivotal to any life of virtue.In the Old Testament Book of Wisdom, 8:7, we learn that "She [Wisdom] teacheth temperance, and prudence, and justice, and fortitude, which are such things as men can have nothing more profitable in life."
In The Republic, Plato identified these virtues with societal classes and thus, the very  faculties of humanity:


Temperance: produces classes, the farmers and craftsmen, also animal appetites
Fortitude: associated with the warrior class and the spirited element in man
Prudence: associated with rulers and reason
Justice: stands outside the class system and divisions of man, and rules the proper relationship among them

The theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love (charity), indicate a higher level of consciousness and compassion. Lessons that pertain to each of these virtues repeat throughout the Old and New Testament and within more ancient religious precepts.