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Nayland Rock Shelter

 

This seaside shelter in Margate is  where T. S. Eliot wrote part of The Waste Land ...

"On Margate Sands

I can connect

Nothing with nothing

The broken fingernails of dirty hands

My people humble people who expect

Nothing".

...and after a campaign last year it has been given listed status, which is a "good thing". 

 

Nayland Rock Shelter

 

This seaside shelter in Margate is  where T. S. Eliot wrote part of The Waste Land ...

"On Margate Sands

I can connect

Nothing with nothing

The broken fingernails of dirty hands

My people humble people who expect

Nothing".

...and after a campaign last year it has been given listed status, which is a "good thing". 

 

comments (18)

  • JJ
  • United States
  • 29 Apr 2010, 01:55
This is so cool, love how you have presented and processed this, wonderful B&W work
blackdog: Very nice of you to say so JJ, glad you liked it ;o)
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Apr 2010, 05:45
Mike, a likey to me, I keep looking at it and see more and more, wonderful presentation and composition.
blackdog: Thank you Astrid, glad you liked it ;o)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Apr 2010, 06:43
Yes, an original look-through perspective and composition - Astrid is right: The longer we keep looking, the more we see - a touching place with the aura of TSE (thanks for the link) and a feel of melancholy, loneliness, and decay (dirty windows) although I see some persons (and imagine two other ones) and read about the successful campaign -I would like to go to Margate one day- but out of season!
blackdog: Yes out of season is good - anniedog is the figure looking out to sea ;o)
'The Waste Land' is a fine body of poetic work. Wish I could fulkly understand.

Excellent composition in particular

richard
blackdog: Thanks Richard, there is a good website, will let you know next week provided I remember - away from base today ;o)
Love the presentation Mike and the pictures too! I like these old seaside shelters they should be protected
blackdog: Thanks Bill - this is one of the best I have seen - absolutely massive, so yes great news to know it has some protection.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Apr 2010, 08:02
This is definitely a picture of two halves Mike: there's tons of detail & depth here
blackdog: Are you sure you aren't Chad in disguise ;o)
typo: Wish I could fully understand more of it ... ;-(
blackdog: I wish I could understand some of it ;o)
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Apr 2010, 09:43
Like looking through a window into the past. I can just imagine the great poet sitting here, all brooding and melancholic, and staring out to sea! Wonderful image.
Ingrid
blackdog: Thanks Ingrid, it is a winderful spot for contemplation, and he didn't have the tower block looming over his shoulder!
Wonderful diptych Mike. I really like your presentation!
blackdog: Thank you Richard, appreciated ;o)
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 29 Apr 2010, 10:45
I like this photo
blackdog: Thanks Adrian
Spectacular presentation, Mike. So good to see places like this are being protected.
blackdog: Thank you Beverly, yes this would have been a real loss, probably the best shelter I have seen!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Apr 2010, 14:33
I found some more information about the circumstances TSE found in Margate and which might have influenced his poetry:
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/kent-news/How-TS-Eliot-found-inspiration-at-Margate-newsinkent10388.aspx?news=local

“At the time he (TSE) was there, there would have been some war veterans selling paper poppies in the weeks leading up to the first national poppy day on November 11 1921,...He would have seen disabled veterans and people blinded, limbs amputated and all sorts – I think you can speculate on this. He would have been in proximity to them and the residents of Margate.”

'...although Eliot was staying at Cliftonville, he still chose to travel to Margate, to the seaside shelter, each day to write. They were two very different worlds then.
It was also cold. “For a convalescent it was probably inadvisable, but that’s what he did. A seaside shelter in the middle of autumn, it seems a strange choice. But Eliot was soothed and stimulated by the sea, important to him since childhood days when he would sail out of Gloucester harbour and along the Massachusetts coast on family holidays."
blackdog: The powerful draw of the sea. I feel it myself, but where we live is probably the farthest you can get from the coast on our small island. One day...
The last time I saw Margate,was in 1955..We had a great time..but tell me..Is Dreamland still there?
I feel sure we sheltered in this picture shown..Good B&W Mike.
blackdog: Cheers Ron - Dreamland is still there, looks very run down. Might post an image next week.
  • hoi
  • United States
  • 29 Apr 2010, 15:01
Beautifully framed!
blackdog: Thank you Hoi ;o)
  • spark
  • Australia
  • 29 Apr 2010, 15:13
fascinating capture
blackdog: Thank you ;o)
  • Marion
  • Ireland
  • 29 Apr 2010, 16:55
Brilliant presentation! I like it so very much!!
blackdog: Thank you Marion ;o)
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 30 Apr 2010, 08:55
photo encadrée, encadrée de photo!

framed photograph, framed photo!

LoLO
blackdog: Thank you LoLO ;o)
  • Aurore
  • France
  • 1 May 2010, 12:06
Wonderful framing and compo !!
blackdog: Thank you Aurore ;o)

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