A photograph to inspire poetry: green grasshopper

green grasshopper

Above is a photograph of a green grasshopper.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The designation of a beginner as a “grasshopper”. This idea, for example, is applied to martial arts, where a teacher might refer to a student as “grasshopper”.  It implies the student is a novice.

  • Standing out. This green grasshopper stands out against the white wall.  The idea of standing out could be applied to a number of circumstances.

  • The color green. Being green can imply a person is either envious or ill.  This idea could be used in poetry.  Similarly, the color green is the color of some types of money.  This idea could also be used in poetry.

  • Naming. A grasshopper is named a “grasshopper” because it hops in the grass.  This idea of naming something from what it does could be applied to poetry.  An example idea might be last names that imply professions (e.g. Baker, Carpenter, or Smith).  This notion could be used in poetry.

Here is an example poem inspired by the photograph:

well done grasshopper
but there is further to climb
freshman year is done

A photograph to inspire poetry: Grasshopper


Above is a photograph of a grasshopper.  It can inspire poetry.  Some ideas include writing about:

  • Camouflage.  This grasshopper is camouflaged to look like dead grass and leaves.  A poet could see that and apply the idea to poetry.  A poet, for example, might write about an introvert dressing to blend in with their surroundings.

  • Eyes.  This grasshopper has what appear to be big eyes.  Although presumably its “eyes” aren’t eyes like human eyes, they appear to be so.  A poet could use the idea of eyes in poetry.  A poet might write about the eyes of a loved one.  They could also write about the eyes of someone staring.  They might write about their own eyes, as seen in a mirror.

  • Naming.  A grasshopper is named for what it does where: it hops in grass.  A person could apply this idea to poetry and write about subjects that are named similarly.  A poet, for example, could write about a field worker or a house cook.