The art of poetry

This week marks Week Five of the College of Poetry workshop in Warwick, NY. This workshop covers Romanticism poets like Blake and Shelley. So far, I have written one complete poem, “Reflections of Blake.” I’ll post the link right here: http://http://www.wattpad.com/537563-a-reflection-on-blake.

For my fifth week of poetry class, I have a list of exercises I should choose from. One of them is to write about something I have “experienced” only in a work of art or history. An example of such a poem is William Carlos Williams’ “Landscape With the Fall of Icarus,” in which Williams comments on the painting by one Pieter Bruegel. A link to Williams’ poem is here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15828. A poem based on an artwork is called an ecphrasis.

The problem is that I can’t figure out what work of art I should write about . I know there are other exercises for me to do this week, but the one about an ecphrasis is what I know I can do the best.

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