“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost
There's something wonderful about the way poetry and the visual arts can play together. These two art forms often bring out the best in each other—a work of art can inspire a poem, and a line of poetry can inspire the creation of a work of art.
With this prompt, you will be making poetry and art matches in the galleries—finding works of art that seem to match the emotion and descriptive elements of the lines of poetry. Read through the poetry first, and then follow the steps below.
POETRY TO INSPIRE
“I have spread my dreams under your feet;/Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” – William Butler Yeats, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
“Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,/you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing./You must wake up with sorrow./You must speak to it till your voice/catches the thread of all sorrows/and you see the size of the cloth.” –Naomi Shihab Nye, Kindness
“Verde que te quiero verde./Verde viento. Verdes ramas./El barco sobre la mar/y el caballo en la montaña.
(Green, how I want you green./Green wind. Green branches./The ship out on the sea/and the horse on the mountain)” – Federico García Lorca, Romance Sonámbulo
“Beware my smile/I am treacherous with old magic and the noon's new fury” – Audre Lorde, A Woman Speaks
“l do not know which to prefer/The beauty of inflections/Or the beauty of innuendos,/The blackbird whistling/Or just after.” –Wallace Stevens, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird