This week, Colleen is using the painting below as inspiration, please write either a syllabic poetry form or a freestyle poem, including a syllabic form (both poetry forms on the same post).
REMEMBER… don’t just describe the woman… we can all see her. Like all of us, this woman has a story. Write THAT poem…
Write your poem using a syllabic form from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms. Here is more information on how to write an Ekphrastic poem: How Do You Write an Ekphrastic Poem.
“Ekphrastic poems exist to respond to a piece of art critically, analytically, and reverentially.”Ekphrastic poetry explained
I’ve decided to write a senryu
From Colleen blog:
A form with 3 or more lines following the short-long-short, 3-5-3, 2-3-2, (5-7-5 traditional) approximately twelve syllables. Senryu do not rhyme, nor do they contain metaphors and similes.
A senryu is written about love, human foibles relating to a personal event, and should have an element of irony present somewhere in the form. Humor and sarcasm are two of the most favorable elements in a senryu. But not always… think in tone. What is the tone of your senryu?
Senryu focus on the awkward moments in life making the human, not the world around them, the subject of their creative endeavor. Senryu poetry deals with the human condition. The most important distinction between haiku and senryu is the tone of your poem. Think of it this way:
Haiku desires to create a feeling, while senryu wants to make a point.
Focus on sexual matters, family relations, religion, politics, and anything that touches on the pain we experience through sorrow, prejudice, oppression, anger, and frustration. Humor and sarcasm are two of the most favorable elements in a senryu. No titles.
silks flow free
trapped eyes reveal pain
in false silks
longing to be free
lilac silks hide her bruises
Such a cruel facade
To participate follow the link to Colleen’s blog:
#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge No. 308, 2/21/23
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Wow, Marje. You went dark with these. It’s so interesting to see all the interpretations of this evocative piece. Well done.
Thank you Diana. Sometimes that’s what springs to mind. And the photo and the time period seemed to fit.
Those were amazing, Marje! That last one was my favorite. It held so much emotion in it. Great poems!
Yvette M Calleiro 🙂
Thank you Yvette. 🙂
Oh, you went a totally different way, Marje. How interesting. Women were the possessions of men in Lady Agnew’s day. You could be right. 💜
Thank you Colleen. Yes it certainly is a startling image. Great for eliciting different responses.
And the responses have been amazing!
Yes that’s wonderful. 😀
Very well done, Marge
Oh Marjorie, these are brilliant and so deep! Well done.💜
Oh, just found this hidden in comments! Thanks Willow x
A pleasure 💜