Here is one of my latest Illustration, larger format (11×17″) entitled Thanatos. Today’s post features some poems extracts from Phillip Larkin on Eros and Thanatos; Love and Death.

Thanatos, in Greek mythology, was a personification of death. The brother of sleep, his touch was gentle unlike his blood craving sisters the Keres, responsible for slaughters and plagues. Again women always have the bad role! We blood thirsty creatures …

Now, I’d like to think of the girl on the drawing as Thanatos and the boy as Eros. Love and Death can be closely related as I developed it in a older post. The fear of loss, the fear of death, the lure of death. Love cannot exist without Death, they are both frightening but they’re a natural part of any human life. How ironic is it that “little death” (Petite mort) is a nickname for orgasm in French language?

Love is trying to conquer Death, but if her touch puts Eros in a infinite sleep, she can only let him embrace her. Immobile, she’s fighting her desire to love him back.
I really do like impossible love stories…

The cynical Phillip Larkin wrote some poems on Thanatos and Eros;

“We should be careful
Of each other, we should be kind
While there is still time […]

The stone fidelity
They hardly meant has come to be
Their final blazon… [..]

Pour away that youth…
Walk with the dead
For fear of death [..]

What will survive of us is love”

I really like that last part.
Till soon


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