James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Sea and Rain. 1865
The Roundhouse Poetry Circle Blog is now back in operation after a brief hiatus. We kickoff with an early reminder about the repeat of our stimulating session on Ekphrastic Poetry on Thursday, June 26. Please bring your own favourite ekphrastic poem to read. Thus far we have:
- Geoff Mynett: Homer‘s “Shield-of-Achilles” from The Iliad, focusing on lines 558-571. Click here to download these lines as a Word file: The Shield of Achilles
- Bruce Burnett: Philip Larkin‘s “An Arundel Tomb.” (Images) and/or “Les_Coquelicots” by Timothy Brownlow (Painting by Claude Monet).
- Anne Fletcher: ‘“Adam And Eve” By Lucas Cranach The Elder, 1526′ by Linda Pastan.
- Nora Grove: Rilke’s “Archaic Torso of Apollo”
- Rosaleen Cowan: “The Family Photograph” by Vona Groarke
Please post your selection in the “Leave a Comment” box below, or on the “CONTACT US” page.
Here’s a current example of an ekphrastic poem (see painting above):
Sea and Rain: Lake Michigan
after James McNeill Whistler, 1865
There is a dance at water’s edge,
a movement between the lake, its sand
and the horizon where lake becomes cloud.
Between those lines our world’s
a thin wash of muted tones, beige
and gray with a hint of white,
almost abstract, until the dancer
steps out into the pool.
She makes the whole thing real.
About This Poem
More examples of ekphrastic poetry: http://valerie6.myweb.uga.edu/ekphrasticpoetry.html.