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Irises, A Painting By Vincent Van Gogh (Ekphrastic Poetry)

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There is an explosion of green life in the light,
This life extrapolates all its emerald green.
This life needs its eternity to be as tight
And as deep as needed her own son an ice queen.

And all the colors of the rainbow may be seen
In different amounts to the different shades.
Blue irises are placed in a complex world of green.
Into the flower bed, these flowers are like spades.

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Monday, January 30, 2012
Topic(s) of this poem: colors,eternity,flower,green,thought,world
L Milton Hankins 07 September 2020

Although I do not completely understand this genre, this poem was interesting, especially the use of colors.

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DOMINIC1230 30 June 2018


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Susan Williams 29 June 2017

Wikipedia. Ekphrasis or ecphrasis, from the Greek for the description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical exercise, is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined. In ancient times, it referred to a description of any thing, person, or experience. According to the Poetry Foundation, an ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art.[2] More generally, an ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired or stimulated by a work of art. Ekphrasis has been considered generally to be a rhetorical device in which one medium of art tries to relate to another medium by defining and describing its essence and form, and in doing so, relate more directly to the audience, through its illuminative liveliness. A descriptive work of prose or poetry, a film, or even a photograph may thus highlight through its rhetorical vividness what is happening, or what is shown in, say, any of the visual arts, and in doing so, may enhance the original art and so take on a life of its own through its brilliant description. One example is a painting of a sculpture: the painting is telling the story of the sculpture, and so becoming a storyteller, as well as a story (work of art) itself. Virtually any type of artistic medium may be the actor of, or subject of ekphrasis. One may not always be able, for example, to make an accurate sculpture of a book to retell the story in an authentic way; yet if it's the spirit of the book that we are more concerned about, it certainly can be conveyed by virtually any medium and thereby enhance the artistic impact of the original book through synergy. Given these definitions, I think this poem set out to do what it was meant to do.

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Marieta Maglas 15 February 2012

From: Love, love, love, love, life and hugs Rachel Ann Butler (Bury St Edmunds Ireland; Female; 53) To: Marieta Maglas Date Time: 2/9/2012 2: 32: 00 AM (GMT -6: 00) Subject: ises, a painting by Vincent van Gogh So much imagery..very beautiful..you are intent to bring the reader along with you andyou succeed. Best RAB

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Sara Fielder 30 January 2012

A very well written poem full of intensity and surreal visuals that I enjoyed reading very much.

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