A Palimpsest of Time and Place

Thomas Cole
Painter, Poet, Prophet

Earth Elegies III


“To walk with nature as a poet
is the necessary condition of a perfect artist.

Below are links to various examples of Thomas Cole's writings
- as well as that of his contemporaries
thus making a pathway for viewers to make discoveries on their own.

To view the essays, poems, notations and drawings
done at the end of a day's walk with Nature
creates a window into Cole's creative process
and a bridge to cross-disciplinary learning.

It will also provides an opportunity for the immediate delivery of related interpretive content when the text triggers paintings or curatorial commentaries to appear.

This will enrich the visitor experience
and allows them to be an active participate in their learning experiences.


On American Scenery

"We are still in Eden; the wall that shuts us out of the garden is our ignorance and folly."


On American Scenery

Link to readable version of
Essay on American Scenery
American Monthly Magazine 1 (January 1836)
Thomas Cole





Lecture On Art

On American Scenery

The Lament Of The Forest

The Wild

The Storm

The Ice Cone


Return To Writings

Writings of his Contemporaries

William Cullen Bryant

Washington Irving

Additional Readings

Related Links

"It is a subject that to every American ought to be of surpassing interest; ... in the midst of American scenery -- it is his own land; its beauty, its magnificence, its sublimity -- all are his; and how undeserving of such a birthright, if he can turn towards it an unobserving eye, an unaffected heart!" -- Thomas Cole. An Essay On American Scenery, 1835

CoLabART invites you to co-create with us in fashioning your own poem

Our poem, The Tapestry Of Hope,
is one of the earliest pieces of interactive literature placed on the web in 1994.
To make it your own, use its phrases to fabricate a unique statement.

Your poem will be emailed to us and added to an ongoing archive

"We are still in Eden; the wall that shuts us out of the garden is our ignorance and folly."
Thomas Cole, Essay on American Scenery, 1835


Multimedia Installation



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