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Sharon Passmore 01-17-2015 11:47 AM

Why poets smell like yaks
Now that the title got you in here.....

Recently there has been some discussion about the dismal ratio of views to comments in the art forum.

7 - 939
6 - 1,546 really?
4 - 943......

Let's have a little fun with this. I invite all the poet types around here to comment on some of these artworks as though they were poems.

Don't worry about the age of a thread, this forum is very slow, it won't be a bit of trouble for old threads to pop up again.

How about it?

Sharon Passmore 01-19-2015 10:36 AM

What aspects of visual art can be likened to poetry?

Does a painting have meter? rhyme and off rhyme?

What about imagery in poetry? Visual art is all imagery so how can that be compared?

Can an image be compared to a type of poem, as though it were like a sonnet or a double dactyl or free verse?

Does the phrase "show don't tell" apply? I think it does but is it more difficult in visual media?

Julie Steiner 01-19-2015 11:03 AM

Okay, I'll play.


Originally Posted by Sharon Passmore (Post 338544)
Does a painting have meter? rhyme and off rhyme?

I think The Conversation by Matisse does. The artist in his studio pajamas rhymes with the unyielding tree trunk. His wife-to-be rhymes with more yielding things--the tree's leafy canopy and the ponds.


What about imagery in poetry? Visual art is all imagery so how can that be compared?
Well, in the painting above, there's a bit more than just imagery going on--the big ol' NON (French "no") spelled out in the ironwork is definitely a verbal aspect. But that's atypical.

I think compositional allusions might be one equivalent to poetry's use of imagery, in that they compare and contrast things in the work itself with things from other experience. Would Goya's The Third of May 1808 be as effective if it weren't evoking a crucifixion scene?

Ann Drysdale 01-19-2015 11:18 AM

I'll join in. Off to think about it.

In the past we've had one or two really good cross-over themes - remember the responses to each others' processes?

Let's hope this takes off.

John Whitworth 01-19-2015 01:52 PM

What Matisse says about painting applies to poetry or at least to mine. What does he say? I'll go and find it.

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter—a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.

Devoid, really, of any subject matter at all. That's the stuff!

A aintr fills his canvas with paint. A poet fills his page with words. It doesn't matter what they say so long as they are beautiful words. Or the right words if you like..

Rick Mullin 01-19-2015 02:34 PM

Matisse ended up cutting out paper birds.

John Whitworth 01-19-2015 02:44 PM

And wonderful birds they were.Have you seen them? By then he was unable to paint.

Julie Steiner 01-19-2015 06:26 PM

Sánchez Cotán's Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber makes a sort of visual sonnet.

The suspended quince and suspended cabbage form the octave, and the melon, slice, and cucumber form the sestet...

or maybe the three roundish items form quatrains, and the elongated slice and cucumber create a couplet...

or maybe I'm just making this up as I go along.

Sharon Passmore 01-19-2015 10:50 PM

Welcome poets! Thanks for participating.

Matisse is dead though. He is beyond the reach of comment deprivation. Here are your targets.

And please be as tough as in the poetry forums, that is why Eratosphere is great. Remember EfH?

That is a sampling from the past year.

Julie Steiner 01-20-2015 10:27 AM


Originally Posted by Sharon Passmore (Post 338622)
Matisse is dead though. He is beyond the reach of comment deprivation.

He's also not going to complain that my comments about his work completely miss the point. :) But I'll give commenting on some of these a shot, in their own threads.

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