Ekphrastic Poem assignment
Before writing your poem, you need to research your artist, and locate one article that includes critical and/or biographical information. You will write a (1)summary, and include a correctly formatted MLA citation.
Part 1. https://www.nga.gov/collection/artist-info.25.html :Summarize the bio and create an MLA citation for this article. (250-300 words)
Part 2. Create a Ekphrastic poem based off the drawing below (minimum 300 words)
Here’s and example of a poem :
Everyone has their place
Where they can dream
The woman smoking by the woodstove,
Content with her shawl, her apron, her hands relaxed.
Maybe she is sitting after a long day of work,
Waiting for the kettle to whistle so she can have a cup of tea.
The boy—I am thinking it is you Mr. Pippin—stands by a table
In candlelight, clearly painting.
Or writing or dreaming a world where
This interior does exist
Against a the dark world outside
That allows very little in the way of solace.
This scene takes place not too long before you enlisted in a
segregated Army to make the world safe for democracy
when it wasn’t even safe for you and you
lost the use of your painting arm—
You gained a medal though, the French Croix de Guerre,
The cross of war.
You bore this cross home with you
To a country that treated you like a second class citizen.
But you were an artist and you created your own world.
The little girl sits on a quilt,
holding her baby doll –
she too is intent, dreaming of
her own future.
Even the dog seems happy in this
Interior, the inside, the safe place
The world you painted for yourself.