Artwork to inspire poetry: Collage


Above is a collage comprised of items from two photographs.  The two photographs are from the October 1, 2014 blog post The Purple Berries and the October 14, 2014 blog post Yellow Flower.  The collage is made of various computerized cut and copied portions of the photographs with a pale blue background.

This collage can inspire poetry in a number of ways.

One way is simply from the idea of how a collage in general is made: a number of portions of different things are combined to form one thing.  A poet could use this idea to write a poem.  For example, a poet could have lists of words inspired by different things (for example, one list of words inspired by purple berries and the other by a yellow flower), and combine the words in different ways to make a poem.

Another way this artwork can inspire a poem is by the idea of abstractness.  This collage is abstract.  While different portions can be recognized (purple from the berries, yellow from the flower, green from other areas) the portions are not arranged in a way that they make one picture.  A poet could use the idea of abstractness in a poem.  For example, a poet could combine contrasting elements into one poem.  The elements could be kept separate in some way (such as in separate lines or stanzas) such that each element is clear, but the combination of them is abstract.  An example of this could be a poem that had lines, for example, about day and night.  Each line would be clear, but the combination of them could feel abstract to the reader.

Additionally, a poet could look at the collage and be inspired by what it seems to represent.  It appears like a plant with purple berries, yellow flowers, green leaves and brown stems against a pale blue sky.  A poet could see this and write a poem about that plant.