I live and die; drowning I burn to death – Images

 


This is a selection of images I have produced before I made the video, (I live and die; video) based on the poem. My sister, Cassie Adams, is the girl featured in the pictures. She is currently training as a dancer.

Below is the English translation of the French sonnet by Louise Labé (1522-1566);

I live and die; drowning I burn to death,
Seared by the ice and frozen by the fire;
Life is as hard as iron, as soft as breath;
My joy and trouble dance on the same wire.
In the same sudden breath I laugh and weep,
My torment pleasure where my pleasure grieves;
My treasure’s lost which I for all time keep,
At once I wither and put out new leaves.
Thus constant Love is my inconstant guide;
And when I am to pain’s refinement brought,
Beyond all hope, he grants me a reprieve.
And when I think joy cannot be denied,
And scaled the peak of happiness I sought,
He casts me down into my former grief.

 


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