One of the features of this blog are artworks to inspire poetry. You can see the posts in the category here: artworks to inspire poetry. You can see all the artworks used in posts on this blog on the photographs and artworks page.
When using art to inspire poetry, there are different ways a poet could find inspiration.
One way is from the overt subject of the artwork. A poet could simply write a poem that is about whatever the artwork shows.
Secondly, a poet could look at something about the creation of the artwork. They could look at the techniques, medium or some other aspect of the creation of the work and draw inspiration from that. For example, if there was an artwork done in charcoal on wood, a poet might be inspired by the burnt wood on the un-burnt wood.
Third, a poet could look for symbolism in the artwork. They could think about what the artwork shows, what it could mean and how it relates to other aspects of life. For example, a poet might see an artwork with a singular subject against a white background and decide to write about loneliness.
When finding inspiration in artwork, a poet can go more than one level deep. For example, a poet might see the overt subject of an artwork, combine that with some symbolic aspect of it, and then extend that to some situation in life. The poet could then think of that situation and move to some inspiration drawn from it. It can be somewhat like the word exercise of one word, leading to another word, which leads to another word and so forth. For example, a poet might see an artwork of a goldfish, which makes them think of gold, which makes them think of money, which makes them think of work. A poet might then write a poem about a worker whose job is relatable to a goldfish in a tank and they could mix in monetary symbolism into the poem.
When using artwork for inspiration, in might be an interesting exercise for a poet to write multiple poems from the same artwork. They could change their focus or point of view and emphasize different aspects. They might come up with poems that mix well together and in some way fully express the artwork, or they might come up with poems that are very different.
A poet can create their own artwork to inspire poetry or they could use the artwork of others. When using the artwork of others, depending on the situation and circumstances, the poet might need permission first (for example, if they were going to show a copy of the artwork along with the poem) or they might include an acknowledgement of the art that inspired the poetry.
Using artwork to inspire poetry can be a good way for a poet to explore poetry ideas. It can be a way to find new things to write about and a way to find new ways to write about things. It can be a way to change the initial starting place of a poem and can change the work a poet creates.