Claude Monet, ekphrastic poetry, Emily Dickinson, Franz Marc, John Keats, John Sloan, Joseph Farquharson, poetics
Hello, dVerse Poets! I hope despite everything going on the world, you are all well. March seemed to sneak up on me. I thought it was weeks away, but here it is the first of March!
Perhaps we should welcome it as Emily Dickinson did:
“Dear March—Come in—
How glad I am—
I hoped for you before—
Put down your Hat—
You must have walked—
How out of Breath you are—”
From Emily Dickinson, “Dear March—Come in—”(1320)
In my part of the world, March can bring both snow and daffodils. Last week we had a little bit of everything—snow, sleet, rain, sunny, warm days—and wind.
Since March is often very windy, and since we haven’t had an ekphrastic prompt in a while, I thought paintings of wind would make a good prompt. I’ve chosen four paintings of wind. They could all be March, but they differ in setting and style. I hope one appeals to you. Please choose one of them and write a poem using it for inspiration. They are all available on Wikimedia Commons, and the artist and title of the painting is above each image.
If ekphrastic poetry is new to you, here’s an explanation from the Poetry Foundation:
“Description” in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. A notable example is “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” in which the poet John Keats speculates on the identity of the lovers who appear to dance and play music, simultaneously frozen in time and in perpetual motion:
What men or gods are these? What maidens loth?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?
What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?”
Franz Marc, Flatternde Wäsche im Wind (1906)
Joseph Farquharson ‘Cauld Blaws the Wind Frae East to West’ (1888)
John Sloan, Sun and Wind on the Roof
Claude Monet, Woman with a Parasol, Madame Monet and Her Son
If you are new, here’s how to join us:
*Write a poem based on the writing challenge as described above. Post it on your blog or website.
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Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello… still feeling morose with everything happening… loved your selection of images, so I opted to use them all… writing one American Sentence for each.
Oh, clever, Björn. Yes, I’ve had a hard time writing about anything else, but I tried for this prompt. I will be over a few minutes after I post mine.
Hello, Everyone! The pub is open. Our virtual bar is filled with all sorts of tasty foods and beverages, so sip and munch while you ponder and peruse. It’s still a bit chilly here today, but it’s not too windy!
Well…I’ve got new for YOU… MY March is so not anything like these pictures 😉 However… you are right, I shall enjoy participating.
I was going for spring and wind, Dale. 😏
I know… 😉
You do, of course, understand my situation up here 😉
Laura Bloomsbury said:
since its the start of Lent I opt for a last hot chocolate and some lemon pancakes
That sounds delicious. Enjoy!
Laura Bloomsbury said:
still too intermittently wet to put the washing out but Marc’s laundry is the one that caught my Muse’s attention. Thank you for these stirring choices
Thank you–yours is so good, so I’m glad you listened to your muse, Laura!
Laura Bloomsbury said:
I appreciate your very encouraging words, Merril x
You’re very welcome, Laura. 💙
Helen Dehner said:
Merril, how lovely you chose March wind and these incredibly depictive images!!!!
I’m so pleased you like them. I was trying for a variety–so difficult to narrow them down.
Hello Merril and All. Am woefully behind again but will get going on writing and will link up afterwards. Nice selection of images to choose from.
Thank you, Lisa. I’m pleased you like them.
You’re welcome. Just linked up.
Love, love the prompt, Merril 😀 Lemonade for me please .. we are heading toward warmer days here. ❤️❤️
One fresh-squeezed lemonade coming up! ❤️
Hi Merril! It is still very cold here and we are expecting some more snow tomorrow.
Thank you for hosting. I will be making my rounds now.
You’re very welcome, Grace. We are getting hints of spring here though it’s still chilly today.
the John Sloan pic really grabbed me as it seemed to match how i am feeling at the moment.
time for a soak before some reading have a good day / night all.
please stay safe
Thanks so much, Rog. I’m pleased you liked the image. You stay safe, too.
Hi Merril and all! Thank you for this wonderful windswept challenge 😊 unfortunately I am having internet issues, but I will catch up with reading hopefully tomorrow. I do look forward to all of the poems which come out of this prompt 😊
Thanks so much, Ingrid. I’m sure I’ll be catching up tomorrow, too. 💙
I’m just getting started 😅
I think I’m caught up. Of course I accidentally trashed your comment, so I had to go find it again. 😅🤣
😅 it’s a lot of catching up sometimes if we miss a day!
Thank you, and Monet, for the inspiration! It was a way back to hope for me in today’s chilling news cycle.
Oh, I’m so happy it was!
Rob Kistner said:
Wonderful prompt Merril, thank you for hosting. Today, mine was an intimate, willful, yet playful wind.
Thank you so much, Rob. I’m so pleased you liked the prompt! 😊
I’d love to do all of these…perhaps at some point I will. (K)
Yes, you should! I had a difficult time narrowing down the choice.
I feel like I’ve used that Monet as a prompt before, but I couldn’t find anything…maybe it’s just that I’ve looked at that painting many times. The others were all new to me.
I had fun browsing for images. 😀
Oh yes…so easy to get lost in them.
Sascha Darlington said:
Merril, I am glad I am not alone in thinking March was still at least days away. How did that happen? Love the prompt! Happy March!
March and February were very sneaky, weren’t they? 😀 I’m pleased you like the prompt!
Hi Merril, such lovely paintings for inspiration! It is still pleasantly cool here but yes, March winds are blowing. I am looking forward to reading the responses. 😊
Thank you very much. I’m pleased you like the images and prompt.
You are so welcome.
I love the songs of wind, but sometimes it is an ill song, a whiskey to stem the chill please Merril 🙂
Whiskey coming right up, Paul!
I love ekphrasis, as followers know (there’s a whole project I did with an artist friend). So thank you Merrill for the prompt!
You’re welcome, Xan.
I’ve done some ekphrastic projects, too. 😊
Some really good memories associated with fresh sheets drying in the wind for me.
I’m happy the prompt brings you some good memories.