Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Anglo Saxon Attitudes

The Phrase Anglo-Saxon Attitudes - Wikipedia

"Anglo-Saxon attitudes" is a phrase spoofed by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-glass (1871):

"All this was lost on Alice, who was still looking intently along the road, shading her eyes with one hand...

"I see somebody now!" she exclaimed at last. "But he's coming very slowly—and what curious attitudes he goes into!" (For the Messenger kept skipping up and down, and wriggling like an eel, as he came along, with his great hands spread out like fans on each side.) ...


"Not at all," said the King. "He's an Anglo-Saxon Messenger—and those are Anglo-Saxon attitudes. He only does them when he's happy." ...

Lewis Carroll is referring to a ninth- to eleventh-century style in English drawing, in which the figures are shown in swaying positions with the palms held out in exaggerated positions."

1 comment:

  1. This is really interesting - these figures all kind of look like they're dancing.