Poems for May 2018: Corgis in Christchurch, New Zealand; 2 Poems, Facts about the Sculptures, More on Corgis & Bronze

Updated on May 28, 2018
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Ann loves to write poetry and stories. Current poetry about certain themes, e.g. Trains & English Counties, Poetry Month, Travel & beyond.

Three Bronze Corgis

Bronze Sculptures on a street in Christchurch
Bronze Sculptures on a street in Christchurch | Source

Sculpture

I love sculpture and have written a few poems based on various pieces I’ve seen on my travels.

Below is a wonderful example. These corgis are in the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand, and provide amusement for all. As they are fun-loving dogs, I thought I’d take a light-hearted approach to them.

The second poem requires being read in the Queen’s English, with a posh accent, just like hers!

To accompany the poems are a few facts about how these creatures came to be, as well as a little about bronze sculpture and a couple of my favourite sculptors.


I'm Off!

Well I’m off, I need a walk,

I’ve had enough of all this talk.


What’s she staring at? Me, I s’pose,

she’s the one who pokes her nose


in everyone’s business, just to see

if there’s anywhere better to be.


As for him, he sticks his nose

into fallen ice cream cones!


What’s the point? You can’t eat that,

someone else’s dirty tat.


Am I the only sensible one?

Guess I’ll go and have some fun.


I’ve stood around here far too long,

it’s time to sing another song.


Maybe the Queen fancies a stroll,

maybe she’ll give me a chocolate roll!


Where's it Gone?

Who's nicked the ice cream? (It was removed, maybe by someone who didn't appreciate the dogs!)
Who's nicked the ice cream? (It was removed, maybe by someone who didn't appreciate the dogs!) | Source

Walkies!

One’s corgis are one’s favourites,

one’s had them down the ages.

I won’t go far without them,

they make me smile, such fun!


Oh, look! He’s sniffing that ice cream,

I hope he doesn’t eat it;

such bad manners affect one’s image,

it really isn’t done.


So sweet of them to celebrate

one’s fifty years of monarchy

with little fat bronze doggies

that, like mine, can’t run.


Well, orf we go now, come along,

I think it’s time for walkies.

I’ve had enough of shaking hands.

Now where’s that Philip gone?


Three Corgis sculpted by David Marshall

These life-sized corgis were first installed in 2003 to mark the Queen's golden jubilee, at a cost of $8000 each.

One corgi was stolen shortly after the February 2011 earthquake and the Christchurch City Council removed the remaining two for safe-keeping.

David Marshall made another bronze corgi from scratch, to replace the one stolen, and the trio were reinstated on the footpath of the High Street in June 2014.

Mr Marshall remarked, ”I'm pleased they've gone back where they were. These guys are just going . . . back to business.”


Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Fun-loving Welsh Corgi
Fun-loving Welsh Corgi | Source

Some facts about Welsh Corgis

They are

  • known as Pembrokeshire or Cardigan Corgis, both areas being agricultural areas of Wales.
  • historically used as herding dogs, particularly for cattle.
  • referred to as ‘heelers’, as they would nip the heels of larger animals to keep them moving, though could avoid the hooves of cattle due to their low height and innate agility.
  • known to have a fun loving personality.
  • eager to please, easily trained and intelligent.
  • (the Pembrokeshire) possibly descendants of dogs from Flemish weavers around the 10th century.
  • (the Cardigan) from dogs brought over with Norse settlers, particularly an ancestor of the Swedish ‘Vallhund’.

The meaning of ‘Corgi’ comes from ‘cor’ dog or dwarf dog, ‘cor’ meaning dwarf, ‘gi’ instead of ‘ci’ meaning dog, in the Welsh language.

There is a charming folk legend that says Corgis were a gift from the woodland fairies, and that the breed's markings were left on its coat by fairy harnesses and saddles.


Why the association with Queen Elizabeth II?

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi became more popular due to the Queen’s strong attachment to the breed. They had longer bodies and thick coats of fur.

Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret visited Thomas Thynne, 5th Marquess of Bath, in 1933 and subsequently told their family how much they liked the corgis owned by the Marquess. So, for her 18th birthday in 1944, Princess Elizabeth was given a Pembroke Corgi named Susan, with which she developed a strong bond. It was even hidden under rugs in the Royal Carriage following the Princess’ wedding to Prince Philip.

All the Corgis owned by the Royal Household since are descendants of Susan, from whom ten generations have been bred.

The Queen has owned more than thirty of these dogs, either Pembrokes or Corgi-Dachshund crosses - known as ‘dorgis’!


Bronze in Sculpture

Bronze -

  • is the most popular metal for cast metal sculptures, used for statues, singly or in groups, reliefs, small figurines.
  • is used for bronze elements fitted in objects such as furniture.
  • can be gilded to give gilt-bronze or ormolu.

Bronze alloys have the property of expanding slightly just before they set. This is unusual but beneficial as this means it can fill small details in a mould. As it cools, the bronze then shrinks and can be separated from the mould.

Therefore it has an advantage when creating figures in action, compared to the use of ceramic or stone. This advantage sadly becomes a disadvantage as far as the preservation of sculptures is concerned. Many ancient bronzes have been melted down for the creation of weapons in wartime, or to create new pieces. In contrast there are more ceramic and stone works that have survived, even though not always whole.


Bronze Statue

Artemision Bronze (Poseidon or Zeus) c.460BC, National Archaeological Museum, Athens
Artemision Bronze (Poseidon or Zeus) c.460BC, National Archaeological Museum, Athens | Source

Sculptors of Bronze

There are many famous sculptors who used bronze. Two of my favourite British ones are classed within the modern era of sculpture and both come from Yorkshire, England.


Barbara Hepworth & Henry Moore

Barbara Hepworth, creating one of her sculptures
Barbara Hepworth, creating one of her sculptures | Source
Henry Moore, next to one of his Sculptures
Henry Moore, next to one of his Sculptures | Source

Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth, born in Wakefield in 1903 and died in 1975, was an English artist and sculptor. She was awarded the DBE (Dame of the British Empire) and her work is typical of Modernism. She was one of the few female artists of her generation to achieve international renown.


Moore

Henry Moore, born in Castleford in 1898 and died in 1986.

Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA was an English artist. He is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. He donated many to various British cities to be exhibited in public places.

It is no coincidence I favour these two artists, as they come from Yorkshire, as does my paternal family. Indeed Moore was born in the same town as my father who later came to admire Moore’s work. Dad had a great influence on my love of arts and writing. The sketch below was done by me when visiting the ‘Tate Britain’ gallery in London.


Recumbent Figure

My sketch of Moore's 'Recumbent Figure' in the 'Tate Britain' Art Gallery, London
My sketch of Moore's 'Recumbent Figure' in the 'Tate Britain' Art Gallery, London | Source

Tastes in Art

Whatever your taste and opinion regarding the Art world, it’s hard not to admire such artists and any who interpret what they see in their own way. We all have our favourites and they cover the gamut of media. In comes down to our perception of beauty, or interest, or of the subject’s place in our world.

Love of any type of art is subjective; it has to be as we all see and feel things in a different, though sometimes similar, way. Add to that the personal interpretation of the artist and you have such a mixture of emotions to work out and work with!

Are there any outstanding works of art where you live? I’d be interested to hear about them in the comments.


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        Ann Carr 11 days ago from SW England

        Thank you so much Dianna. Good to see you and thanks for your support.

        Ann

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        Dianna Mendez 11 days ago

        I visually saw those corgis in movement with your poetry. The art detail is wonderful.

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        Ann Carr 2 weeks ago from SW England

        Thanks Chris! I must admit I'd go for border collies or similar every time, much as I love other dogs. Close second would be a whippet.

        Thanks for the visit.

        Ann

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        Chris Mills 2 weeks ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

        We had four corgis over the years. They are delightful dogs. As much as I love the breed, when it finally came time for me to get another dog, I had to get one that was a bit more suitable for hiking. I got Darby, my border collie mix just six weeks ago. Nice article highlighting a wonderful breed of dogs.

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        Ann Carr 2 weeks ago from SW England

        Glad you like the poems, manatita. Yes, both Hepworth and Moore were very popular during their lifetime. For me, they were modern without being too weird and their works flowed with a certain grace.

        Thanks for the visit.

        Ann

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        manatita44 2 weeks ago from london

        I have heard of your favourite sculptures but not seen their work. I think that the team at Madame Toussades are intelligent artists.

        Both your poems are excellent, with a fitting monachical touch included. Corgis are really cute dogs, so I understand the Queen's attachment.

        I favour sculptures perhaps, because some of the Sri Chinmoy Artists have done a few of him. We now have nearly forty around the world of which two are in Wales, one in Ipswich, Scotland and Ireland. London is more difficult to crack.

        Since I love the Mona Lisa, then I would naturally love Da Vinci's style.

        So glad that Barbara Hepworth was known in her lifetime. She seems to be enjoying her work.

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        Ann Carr 2 weeks ago from SW England

        Thank you, Shyron! Good to see you here.

        I have some of yours to catch up on too - won't be long!

        Ann

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        Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago from Texas

        Ann, I love your poem about the Corgis and the facts about them also.

        Blessings my friend.

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Thanks, Dora, for your comment and I'm glad I answered your question! I thought the corgis looked playful and cheeky so I'm glad the playfulness came over.

        Ann

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        Dora Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        "Why the association with Queen Elizabeth II?" That was my question exactly when you mentioned that the corgis were installed in her behalf. Thanks for answering. I like the playful poetic lines. Thanks for the information also on the sculptors and sculptures.

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Thank you, Mike, for your kind comment.

        Yes, I was quite surprised at the vote but then I prefer watercolours, both to look at and to do, difficult though they can be. I think a medium lends itself to particular subjects so maybe it's a preference of subject, who knows?!

        Ann

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        mckbirdbks 3 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Ann - Your poetry is charming as is the legend as to how the corgis coats got their markings. I looked at the recent results from your poll, as am surprised that watercolor paintings was more favored than oil paintings.

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Thank you, Gypsy. I'm pleased you enjoyed this.

        Ann

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Thank you, Linda, for your generous comment.

        Ann

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 3 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

        Loved this, most interesting. Loved those sculptures of the corgis and the real corgi photo is adorable.

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        Linda Crampton 3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I love the combination of poetry, photos, facts, and art, including your drawing. I love the theme of the article, too. Corgis are lovely dogs.

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Thank you, Elijah. Your comment means a lot to me, as I apparently made you see what they were doing. I appreciate that.

        Ann

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Frank, I love photography too. It's possible to get so much atmosphere and mood in photographs.

        Glad you liked this.

        Ann

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 3 weeks ago from Washington DC

        What words I consider worthy of responses, as you do so well, tells a story. In this era of so much "misinformation" I am always attracted to works I don't have to guess what it is relating to. Your two poems are about explaining what you see as th plight of the three dogs sculptures you photographed. You caused me to see what my first glance missed, what they were doing. For me, poetry or prose should paint a picture the mind's eye should be able to grasp.

        Thank you for your well written work of art.

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        Frank Atanacio 3 weeks ago from Shelton

        Ann art is amazing and so is your poetry here.. I enjoyed it immensely, photographs are my favorite form of art. I clicked that on your survey. I love looking at black and whites the most.. thank you so much for your wonderful share... bless you

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Well, bill, you've made me grin broadly again; thank you so much for your kind words, especially the 'cement foundation' one.

        I enjoyed having fun with this one. I think it's important to have a personal element in anything like this - they always seem to work better though really I don't know why!

        Delightful friends here today, so having fun even though it's pouring outside.

        Have a terrific one yourself, bill!

        Ann

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        Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        I wish more people would read these, Ann! You pack so much into one article....and more importantly, you make it all flow, tie together, and do it with an excellent writer's style. Well done, and to borrow from my father, you ain't blowin' smoke when you write these. These are solid, like a cement foundation on a high-rise...built to last!

        Wishing you a timidity-less Tuesday!

        bill

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Thanks, whonu. I'm glad you liked this. Your visits are always appreciated.

        Ann

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Thanks, Eric. I found it hard to leave my children and grandchildren for such a long holiday - thank heavens for FaceTime! I won't be doing it again though; just short holidays from now on.

        But then I do think that we can have just as good a holiday and see amazing places and things when we explore our own country.

        Have a great week!

        Ann

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Thank you Shyron! Good to see you today. I hope you're well - have a great week!

        Ann

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Thanks, Jackie. I know what you mean. I too have found that often an 'accident' is one of the best, if I've rushed something or it just happened by itself. It must happen to any artist once in a while, I suppose. Good point.

        Good to see you today!

        Ann

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Thanks, Flourish. Yes, they are cute. I've never had one but apparently they make excellent pets; good company and good with children.

        Ann

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Yes, Mary, they're great aren't they!

        Thanks for popping by.

        Ann

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        Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

        Indeed it is, Alexander and, yes, I think Jackie has a great point there. Thank you for visiting.

        Ann

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        whonunuwho 3 weeks ago from United States

        Nice work here my friend. Many blessings on this special day. whonu

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        Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Ann this is awesome. So many memories. Sunday some fellows told me they want to go back there and with Phillipines and Laos, Burma and Vietnam. I just doubt I could leave my loves ones.

        But your writing makes me pine for the road again. Somebody needs to make me leave my boy and wife.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 3 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

        I'm really feeling what Jackie wrote.

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        Shyron E Shenko 3 weeks ago from Texas

        Ann, this is an amazing hub, makes me love the beautiful Pembroke Corgis.

        Blessings my friend.

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        Jackie Lynnley 3 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

        It would be impossible to name my favorite form of art, there is just something in all of it and as you say how individual interpret. It is so much fun wondering what the thought was in much of it. I know what little art I dabble in some of my best was an accident and so I wonder if it is true with real artists too.

        Fun article, Ann.

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        FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

        Well done and I enjoyed the extra facts about both art and dogs. Cute little stubby legged fellas!

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        Mary Norton 3 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        It's not surprising that these corgis inspired you to write this poem. The sculptures are beautiful.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 3 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Poetry is healing.

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