Wine of Circe

Backsplash or Mural for Wine Cellar or Cabinet

A Painting from a Poem

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Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Wine of Circe, Small mural for wine cellar or cabinet

A Painting from a Poem

It is usually the case that a painting illustrates a written work, such as a story or poem. In this case, the situation is exactly reversed. Edward Burne-Jones's painting inspired Dante Gabriel Rossetti's sonnet, <For the Wine of Circe.

Rossetti said the he wrote the sonnet in order to have "some record of the work in my book" (referring to his 1870 Poems):

I have tried in the first lines to give some notion of the colour, and in the last some impression of the scope of the work, -- taking the transformed beasts as images of ruined passion -- the torn seaweed of the sea of pleasure. You will remember that in the picture the window shows a view of the sea and the galleys which bear the new lovers and victims of the enchantress. (letter of 15 March 1970)

Sonnet: For The Wine of Circe

Here is the complete text of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's sonnet, For the Wine of Circe written in homage of this painting. Rossetti loved of all things Italian and chose the Petrarchan rhyme scheme:
a b b a a b b a c c d c d

DUSK-HAIRED and gold-robed o'er the golden wine
She stoops, wherein, distilled of death and shame,
Sink the black drops; while, lit with fragrant flame,
Round her spread board the golden sunflowers shine.
Doth Helios here with Hecaté combine
(O Circe, thou their votaress!) to proclaim
For these thy guests all rapture in Love's name,
Till pitiless Night give Day the countersign?
Lords of their hour, they come. And by her knee
Those cowering beasts, their equals heretofore,
Wait; who with them in new equality
To-night shall echo back the sea's dull roar
With a vain wail from passion's tide-strown shore
Where the dishevelled seaweed hates the sea.

~Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1870

Pricing and Specifications

Title: Wine of Circe - Undercabinet backsplash or small mural for wine cellar

12.75 x 8.75 inch (6 4.25-inch tiles): $715

18 x 12 inch (6 6-inch panels of three-inch tiles): $940

18 x 12 inch (6 6-inch panels of two-inch tiles): $970

21.25 x 12.75 inch (15 4.25-inch tiles): $1790

Availability: Can usually be shipped in about two to three weeks.

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