Excerpt from Mythology: Poetry and Prose
I have been inspired to write this poem by studiously viewing the picture called Breaking Family Ties, that depicts and characterizes the substance and sentiment of my poem, Good Bye, Paul. I did not know the name or title of the picture at the time of writing the poem, nor did I remember the artist who painted it. But I realized that the pathetic phase of life's melodrama he so beautifully painted could not be more intelligently expressed with lim ner's brush. I have since learned the picture is called Breaking Family Ties, but I have not changed the orig inal title of my poem, still leaving it, Good Bye, Paul. The accompanying picture is the artist's conception of Good Bye, Paul, after perusing the poem. This was my' last resource for illustration after being refused permission to reproduce Breaking Family Ties.
I have understood the artist was inspired by the story's reality. Whether that is a fact or not, I cannot say. But in my opinion, there is little doubt but what this heart-rending scene has occurred many times in the irrevocable past, and will possibly occur many more times in the inevitable future.
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