Defeat by Kahlil Gibran
Defeat by Kahlil Gibran
Defeat by Kahlil Gibran
Defeat by Kahlil Gibran
Defeat by Kahlil Gibran
Defeat by Kahlil Gibran
Defeat by Kahlil Gibran


by Kahlil Gibran

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  • Handmade Item
  • Print Sizes: 8 x 10; 8.5 x 11; 11 x 14
  • Frame Sizes: 8 x 10; 11 x 13; 14 x 17 
  • Frame Material: Barnwood
  • Framed with glass
  • Made to order
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    Humor-ous Description: Display a piece of classic literature with its age and character intact. A unique addition to anyone’s den, office, study, foyer, billiard room, or ballroom. Or maybe you want it in the bathroom, and hey, who are we to judge? We could go on and on trying to combine complicated adjectives to motivate you to purchase our product, in fact we wish we could. But we can’t. We're too busy doing things like trying to age paper without it disintegrating in our hands, or getting our fingers stuck in the mechanism of a 71 year-old death-trap of a typewriter. (Wall behind print not included.)

    Humor-less Description: We’ve hand typed the poem "Defeat" by Kahlil Gibran. (11 x 14 prints are machine printed using high-quality pigment based inks and are hand-aged.) All our prints use paper we have personally aged through our own multi-staged process. The pictures are taken without glass so you can see the detail, but be assured framed prints will ship with glass installed!

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      Frame Styles
      • Unframed Print (Available in 8 x 10; 8.5 x 11; 11 x 14): Hand-typed aged print mounted on backing board in a protective plastic sleeve. (Shipped in a sturdy-mailer)
      • The Fitzgerald: Hand-typed aged print mounted in a minimalistic 8 x 10 rustic wood frame.
      • The Frost: Hand-typed aged print mounted in an 8 x 10 rustic wood frame surrounded by a hand-twisted copper wire tree. (Copper has patina finish).
      • The Hemingway: Hand-aged 11 x 14 print mounted in a minimalistic rustic wood frame. 
      • The Thoreau: Hand-typed aged 8.5 x 11 print suspended in between two sheets of glass and framed in minimalistic rustic wood. 
      • The Orwell: Hand-typed aged 8 x 10 print mounted in a beautiful multi-depth barnwood style frame. (11 x 13 total frame size.)
      • The Emerson: Hand-aged 11 x 14 print mounted in a beautiful multi-depth barnwood style frame. (14 x 17 total frame size.)
        Poem Text
        "Defeat, my Defeat, my solitude and my aloofness;
        You are dearer to me than a thousand triumphs,
        And sweeter to my heart than all world-glory.
        Defeat, my Defeat, my self-knowledge and my defiance,
        Through you I know that I am yet young and swift of foot
        And not to be trapped by withering laurels.
        And in you I have found aloneness
        And the joy of being shunned and scorned.
        Defeat, my Defeat, my shining sword and shield,
        In your eyes I have read
        That to be enthroned is to be enslaved,
        And to be understood is to be leveled down,
        And to be grasped is but to reach one's fullness
        And like a ripe fruit to fall and be consumed.
        Defeat, my Defeat, my bold companion,
        You shall hear my songs and my cries and my silences,
        And none but you shall speak to me of the beating of wings,
        And urging of seas,
        And of mountains that burn in the night,
        And you alone shall climb my steep and rocky soul.
        Defeat, my Defeat, my deathless courage,
        You and I shall laugh together with the storm,
        And together we shall dig graves for all that die in us,
        And we shall stand in the sun with a will,
        And we shall be dangerous."

        Additional Information

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