I have initial thoughts of Wes Anderson films and how he stylizes his work. I would like to go for that athestic and find what is working in his works and blend that with the "playful yet sophisticated" aspect of the assignment. I will need to find a working color pallet that conveys the first stanza of the poem...i will now step over the soft velvet rope and walk directly into this massive hudson river painting and pick my way along...
the other was vintage book covers and more importantly to the comparision of Wes Anderstons athestic, Penguin and Pelican books had wonderful designs including those done by Jan Tschichold.
These links will aid in the visuals.
The other things i feel need to be addressed are with concern to the final product or the medium it is presented in. This is a classic example of what im talking about from the early twentieth century.