A photograph to inspire poetry: snow on a fig tree

snow on fig tree

Above is a photograph of snow on a fig tree.  Here are some poetry ideas that can come from it:

  • The snow on the branches and leaves is clearly defined. There isn’t much snow below the tree and there isn’t much of the tree without snow.  A poet could use the idea of clear definition in poetry.  A poet could write a poem where they are very specific with their subject matter.  They could be detailed and have details regarding it.  This could differ from poetry with a more general subject.
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  • Some of the leaves with snow look like designs. A poet could use these designs as inspiration for poetry.  For example, the designs might remind a poet of a crest on a shield and a poet might write a medieval based poem.  As another example, a poet might see the designs and think of them as emblems for some group.  They could write poetry about the group.
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  • The tree is carrying the weight of the snow. A poet could use the idea of carrying weight metaphorically in a poem to describe someone with an emotional burden.
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  • The snow hides the tree. A poet could write about a person who hides their feelings.
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A photograph to inspire poetry: lemon with snow

lemon with snow

Above is a photograph of a lemon with snow on it.  There are a number of poetry ideas that can come from this photograph.  Some include:

  • The photograph shows a contrast – there is a bright tasting fruit with cold snow. This idea could be applied to poetry.  A poet might write a poem about two people, one who behaves brightly, and one who behaves coldly.
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  • There is the question of whether the snow will damage the fruit or the tree. The idea of unknown possible damage could be used in poetry.  A poet could think of many situations where there is a sense of uncertainty about potential negative consequences.
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  • Some might look at this photograph and see hope. Despite the snow, there is the fruit.  A poet could apply this idea of hope to different ideas.
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  • Some might look at this photograph and see despair. They might think it inevitable that the snow will damage the tree and fruit.  This idea of despair could be applied to different ideas for poetry.

A photograph to inspire poetry: part of a squash plant

part of a squash plant

Above is a photograph of part of a squash plant.  The focus of the photograph is part of the plant that is new and growing.

An important aspect of this plant is timing.  The photograph was taken in late November.  There is a chance that temperatures will get cold enough in the near future, such that this plant will die.  Although the plant is attempting to grow and have fruit, there is a reasonable chance that it will fail because of circumstances that it can’t control.

This idea can be a metaphor for situations in life and can be used in poetry.  A poet could write about situations where a person makes an effort to accomplish something, but because of the timing and other circumstances, there is a high chance they will fail.

Some ideas a poet could write about are:

  • A person gives a performance right after another person gave a great performance.
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  • A person is remodeling a building in a place where a hurricane is expected to hit.
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  • A person gets a job at a company that shortly thereafter announces there will be layoffs.
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  • A small business releases a product, and shortly thereafter a large company releases a similar one.
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  • A person is trying make a large meal, when the power goes out.

A photograph to inspire poetry: a water drop on clover

a water drop on clover

Above is a photograph of a water drop on clover.  It can inspire poetry.  Some ideas include poems about:

  • Thirst.  A poet could see the water drop and think of a person in a situation where they had little water.  A poet could write about that person being thirsty.
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  • Singularity.  There is one water drop alone on the clover.  A poet could see that and apply the idea to situations in life.  They could write about people who are unique or alone.
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  • Precariousness.  The water drop is precarious.  It could easily fall off or evaporate.  A poet could use the idea of precariousness in a poem.
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  • Temporary.  This water drop is temporary.  A poet could write about people in temporary conditions.
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  • Support.  The clover is supporting the water drop, but water, in part, supports the clover, although in a different sense.  A poet could write about support in a poem.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Grasshopper

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

A photograph to inspire poetry: purple spiny flowers

purple spiny flowers

Above is a photograph of purple spiny flowers.  It can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas:

  • This plant is a weed, yet still looks nice. A poet could notice that, and see symbolism for a poem.
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  • The flowers have what seem to be spiny petals, but they don’t look firm or sharp. This idea of something looking potential damaging, and yet possibly not being damaging, could be used in poetry.
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  • A poet could write about someone receiving or giving purple flowers.
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  • The look of the flowers must serve some purpose. For example, they might attract a certain kind of insect or catch pollen in the wind.  A poet could write about the structure of something having a purpose.  “Structure” could be thought of broadly and applied to many things.

A photograph to inspire poetry: a red and green plant

Red and Green Plant

This is a photograph of a red and green plant.  It can inspire poetry.  Some ideas include:

  • The plant has a shiny almost waxy look to it, as if it were artificial. It might be more typical for a poem to be written where something fake is attempting to seem real.  In this case, the opposite idea could be applied: something real, seeming to be fake.  This notion could be applied to situations in life that could be used in poems.  For example, a poet could think of a social situation in a social subculture, where something real isn’t valued as much as something artificial.  They could imagine a person trying portray something that is real as being artificial, for the purpose of fitting in with the group.
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  • Obviously being red and green, this plant might inspire Christmas poetry.
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  • The plant is shiny and reflecting light. This idea of reflection could be used in poetry.
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  • The plant is curling around the edges. A poet might see this and decide to write about curly hair.