The paper analyses Thom Gunn's response to Caravaggio's painting, Conversion of Saint Paul (1601) in the poem "In Santa Maria del Popolo". Through the painting Gunn becomes gradually aware that heroic poses are only an illusion. By questioning and deconstructing their value, the poet suggests that they are not rooted in reality, but the illusory effect of works of art, the projection of the artist's dark, hidden side, both in Caravaggio's paintings and in his own poetry.

'The Large Gesture of Solitary Man': Thom Gunn and Caravaggio

MICHELUCCI, STEFANIA
1999

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The paper analyses Thom Gunn's response to Caravaggio's painting, Conversion of Saint Paul (1601) in the poem "In Santa Maria del Popolo". Through the painting Gunn becomes gradually aware that heroic poses are only an illusion. By questioning and deconstructing their value, the poet suggests that they are not rooted in reality, but the illusory effect of works of art, the projection of the artist's dark, hidden side, both in Caravaggio's paintings and in his own poetry.
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