A photograph to inspire poetry: green berries

green berries

Above is a photograph of green berries.  It can inspire poetry.

First, the berries are unripe.  This idea could lead a poet to write about something that isn’t finished.

Second, the berries may be poisonous.  This idea could lead a poet to write about the idea of potential danger.

Third, the berries are in a group.  This idea could lead a poet to write about groups of things.

Fourth, the berries are round.  This idea could lead a poet to write about things that are round.

Here is an example poem:

the round bottles stood
upon the table
each half filled
with something green

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Artwork to inspire poetry: Collage

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.

A photograph to inspire poetry: The Purple Berries

The Purple Berries

This is a photograph of purple berries.  The photograph is intended to inspire poetry.  Many ideas related to poems could come from this photograph.  For example, a poet could focus on the color of the berries as a starting point.  Additionally, a poet could focus on whether the berries were edible or not.  A poet could also focus on the way the berries are grouped.

Here is an example poem inspired by this photograph.

The Purple Berries

The small purple berries,
that are bright and shine,
appear each year,
during the Fall.

The small purple berries,
grow on vines,
under the trees,
in the shade.

The berries look nice,
but if they can be eaten,
is unknown –
  the answer is probably no.

Something must eat the berries,
maybe birds,
maybe some type of insect,
maybe something else.