Elizabeth Jennings

(20 July 1926 – 25 October 2001 / Boston, Lincolnshire, England)

Elizabeth Jennings Poems

1. Rembrandt's Late Self-Portraits 9/29/2015
Best Poem of Elizabeth Jennings

Rembrandt's Late Self-Portraits

You are confronted with yourself. Each year
The pouches fill, the skin is uglier.
You give it all unflinchingly. You stare
Into yourself, beyond. Your brush's care
Runs with self-knowledge. Here

Is a humility at one with craft.
There is no arrogance. Pride is apart
From this self-scrutiny. You make light drift
The way you want. Your face is bruised and hurt
But there is still love left.

Love of the art and others. To the last
Experiment went on. You stared beyond
Your age, the times. You also plucked the past
And tempered it. Self-portraits ...

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