POETRY IN PICTURES Analysis of Modern American Poetry
POETRY IN PICTURES Imagist poets focused their writing on simple images. They attempted to use words to paint pictures in their readers’ minds. While the poets usedimagery in the classic sense, their focus was on the sense of sight and not so much on the other four senses. In this project, you will focus on the visual as well. You have 2 project options to choose from, so make sure you look at both before you begin.
PROJECT CHOICE #1 1. Choose two of the following Imagist poems 2. Locate or produce an image (picture) for each of the poems you choose. Your image should serve as an illustration for the poem. 3. Once you have the image, explain its connection to the poem in three to five sentences (for each poem). 4. You must explain what elements of the poem are illustrated in the picture and why you chose this picture as the poem’s illustration.
AUTUMN by amy lowellThey brought me a quilled, yellow dahlia,Opulent, flaunting.Round goldFlung out of a pale green stalk.Round, ripe goldOf maturity,Meticulously frilled and flaming,A fire-ball of proclamation:Fecundity decked in staring yellowFor all the world to see.They brought a quilled, yellow dahlia,To me who am barrenShall I send it to you,You who have taken with youAll I once possessed?
THE COMING OF WAR: ACTÆON by ezra poundAn image of Lethe, and the fieldsFull of faint light but golden,Gray cliffs, and beneath themA seaHarsher than granite, unstill, never ceasing;High forms with the movement of gods,Perilous aspect; And one said:"This is Actæon." Actaeon of golden greaves!Over fair meadows,Over the cool face of that field,Unstill, ever moving,Host of an ancient people,The silent cortège.
PEAR TREESilver dust by H.D.lifted from the earth,higher than my arms reach,you have mounted.O silver,higher than my arms reachyou front us with great mass;no flower ever openedso staunch a white leaf,no flower ever parted silverfrom such rare silver;O white pear,your flower-tufts,thick on the branch,bring summer and ripe fruitsin their purple hearts
THIS IS JUST TO SAY by William Carlos WilliamsonI have eatenthe plumsthat were inthe iceboxand whichyou were probablysavingfor breakfastForgive methey were deliciousso sweetand so cold
PROJECT CHOICE #2 1. Choose one of the images on the next slide and compose an Imagist poem of your own. 2. Your poem must consist of 12 – 20 lines and should mimic the style of the Imagist poetry you have experienced in this unit. Please see lessons 2.06, 2.07, and 2.08 for information on Imagism and to read Imagist poetry. The poems in project #1 are useful examples as well.