"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:"
Oberon: Midsummer Night's Dream (W.Shakespeare: Circa 1595)
Do you know 'resonance'?
When I was a kid I had a book entitled "Tales from Shakespeare" by Charles and Mary Lamb. On the cover it had a picture of this strange creature which seemed to be half man half donkey. Later I found out it 'were' Nick Bottom, a character from "Midsummer Night's Dream." At about the same time I discovered that Bottom wasn't a donkey at all. In fact, in keeping with his name, he was an 'ass'.
So what's that have to do with 'resonance'?
Well, to be perfectly honest, all and nothing.
Shakespeare is wonderful for 'resonance'. You can immediately make a book appear to be more important by putting a Shakespearean quote in the frontispiece. It could be a book about cooking chooks, or a book on how to raise a two year old child with one leg longer than the other.
All the world's a stage,
and all the men and women merely players:
they have their exits and their entrances;
but the boy with one leg longer than the other,
he doth walk round and round:
Loves Labours Lost (W.Shakespeare (Act V, Scene II).
Regardless of the subject, including a Shakespearean quote will lift that book to another plane. Even if you have to make the quote up yourself :)
And that's what resonance is all about.
Before I stop blahing, I need to tell you about another "Resonance by Association." Did you know that I rub shoulders with some wonderously talented people?
Yep! My friend Jack Foster has another book out. The man never sleeps. He's even set up a portfolio site with a list of his creations. About time.
And then there's Amalia K. She just let slip about a few new books she'd forgoten about! What a memory eh? If I had those books out I'd be walking up and down the street shouting. You can see some of her influence in the little girl in this image.
And I shouldn't leave out Mita, whose list of books I discovered accidently while waiting for a bus the other day. The web address was written on the side of the bus shelter. Can you believe that?
These three talented artists are really really starting to annoy me. :)
But not as much as Linda Hensley whose latest work has me feeling itchy. :)