Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Artistic Interpretations "Stillness, Silence, Solitude" with Margaret

Edvard Munch "The Girl in the Window" (detail) 1893
Stillness.  Silence.  Solitude.

In the past month I visited two art museums.  Above and below are details from paintings - the top one is from "The Art Institute of Chicago" in Illinois, which is huge, and the rest are from a small museum in Roanoke, Virginia, "The Taubman Museum of Art".

Below is Pablo Neruda's "I Like For You To Be Still", read by Glenn Close



Today's challenge is simple.  Choose at least one image and write a gently quiet poem, trying not to overuse the word quiet or like synonyms. (Although Pablo Neruda seems to make it work :)  Paint with words the mood, the scene, the feelings of stillness, silence, and solitude.

Edward Steichen "Coopers Bluff - Moonlight Strollers" (detail) 1905
Susan Macdowell Eakins "Portrait of Mary
& Elizabeth Macdowell" (detail) 1879
Frederick Carl Frieseke "In the Nursery" (detail) 1917
Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847-1919)  "Solitude" (detail)  undated
Winslow Homer "Woodchopper in the Adirondacks" (detail) 1870
I would love a new poem, but will accept an older, updated (reworked) poem.  Please post your specific post to the Linky below.  Feel free to use more than one image and coming to the table late is acceptable as Fridays often get busy.   We do have "Open Link Monday". 

I look forward to your artistic interpretations.


20 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

What amazing artworks you have shared, Margaret. Thank you for suggesting we use more than one for inspiration.

Helen said...

Your challenge is a beauty ...

Fireblossom said...

shhh...

Wolfsrosebud said...

cool prompt

Mademoiselle Modelle said...
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Mademoiselle Modelle said...

I wrote a poem before I found your blog & hope it is ok that I used my own image.....as I liked your prompt!

humbird said...

Thank you, Margaret, very inspiring pictures and poem...ah!

Susan said...

Oh, wow! Especially Glenn Close's reading! I've already listened to it three times and am giddy with it, which probably infected my poem. Thank you, Margaret.

Gail said...

Not exactly what you asked but just had to go with the white deer.

Hannah said...

Wonderful inspiration...thank you, Margaret! :)

Margaret said...

I just got home (10:00 pm) and am so tired - almost fell asleep at the wheel. I have a poem I am trying to whittle down to a smaller size and will come by tomorrow morning to read and visit (well - after a 5K I am walking tomorrow morning.

Good night!

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

Thanks for sharing the link to Glenn Close reading Neruda's poem!

First discovered Neruda's work in the movie, Il Postino. This reading by Close was great!

Helen said...

PS ... I agree with those leaving comments before me .. Glenn Close brought his amazing poetry to life. What a talent!!

hedgewitch said...

Margaret, thanks for the lovely challenge and artwork--I have been forced to write more Fibonaccis for it, so mine is for the upcoming Mini-Challenge as well. Hope you got a good night's rest before your marathon--yeesh!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I am late making the rounds, kids...internet was down yesterday, argh.......am so enjoying all of the responses this morning.

Margaret said...

I'm so late.... just entered my pome and will be back after running a few kids around tonight for their last weekend HURRAH! before school begins on Monday.

Thank you all SO MUCH for participating!

Margaret said...

Read all the poem and am THRILLED with the quality and beauty of them all! Thank you - my effort pulling this together has been greatly rewarded!

Susie Clevenger said...

Such a beautiful challenge Margaret. I will see what the photos inspire.

Lolamouse said...

Sorry to post so late, Margaret. I had the picture chosen but my muse was being stubborn!

Dances With Vodka said...

This was a pleasure! Thank you for the opportunity, and sorry I'm so late to the party. I haven't been around much lately, and just saw this today. I can't wait to read the submissions!