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Poem #3 (Art response) is due this week for workshopping. The prompt is “The Voice of Art.” Please find a painting or other artwork such as photograph or sculpture by any well-know artist. It must be an artist whose work has been shown in an art gallery or museum. The person need not be someone we have heard of, but it should be a person who makes their living from making art and has shown their work in galleries and/or museums. You may use artwork that is more realistic or more abstract – your choice. I craft the assignment this way for a reason, so that the students may look up the artwork and find more information about the artist if they want, as that may influence his/her poetic choices. (You do not have to look up the artist you are writing in response to, but many people do to jump start their creative juices.) One time a student used a generic clip art of a flower and it felt lazy and lead to an uninspired poem. As a result, I enforce this requirement that the poem must be based on a work by a “real” artist. You cannot use your own artwork because you know what you were thinking when you created it. I want you to stretch yourself here. ease also include a url to the image or insert an image in your post [the plus sign icon] to include with your poem if you are able to. If you insert the image, you will need to drag the corners to shrink it or else it will be too massive. Make sure we know the title of the artwork and the artist so there is no guesswork in what you are writing in response to.
equirements for Poem #3:
Your poem can be written in any style/form. Meaning, free verse, pantoum, sonnet, open structure/form–whatever you’d like. See student examples in Readings folder.
It can be as many stanzas as you’d like. Please aim for at least 15 lines in your poem and do not exceed 40 lines.
Pay attention to the sorts of “poetic devices” we’ve been focusing on this semester—especially: speaker/narrator, metaphor, simile, tone, alliteration, assonance, consonance, and enjambment. You can look any of these terms up to review in the Kowit textbook. Alliteration/consonance/assonance are in Chapter 7.
You don’t have to use rhyme. If you choose to rhyme, make sure you are not “forcing” the rhyme.
Focus in on your line breaks and stanza breaks—where you break to another line or stanza. Avoid ending every line in a period as that gives poetry a very “flat” and “blunt” sound. Try to make the meaning spill out over several lines. This is basically what enjambment does.
Make the title of the poem the same as the title of the art, or if you want to come up with your own title, then put the title of the art in an epigraph. See definition of epigraph below in green. An epigraph is a line in italics that comes after the title of the poem and before the first line of the poem.
In “What Bugs Bunny Said to Red Riding Hood” how does Seibles characterize Bugs Bunny through his slang/speech patterns? How Seibles’ Bugs like and unlike the cartoon character? How is Red like and unlike the fairytale character? Does Bugs have Red Riding Hood’s best interests at heart? Why or why not? What could be the social issue(s) that are explored here in the form of a fairytale/ pop culture poem?
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