Visual Response PoemA Lesson by Jodi Eaton
Poem response to an exceptional work of art
Visual Response Poem
Andrew Wyeth’s Cristina’s World
cradled in a vast yellow brown sea
wearing a faded pink dress,
her dark hair
to confine it.
A lonely scene
a rusty outline,
or a wagon,
a gray house
worn by time,
She takes all of this in.
But in her mind,
this is no desolate tableau.
The house is recently built,
two horses pull a wagon and a driver.
watches a little girl
run through the tall grass.
Exceptional works of art to choose from:
Rembrandt’s Head of Christ
Salvador Dali’s Christ of St. John of the Cross (the crucifixion viewed from above)
Hans Holbein’s Dead Christ (emphasizing physical death)
Ansel Adam’s photograph Clearing Winter Storm
Edward J. Steichen’s photograph Rodin—Le Penseur
Durer’s Oswald Krell (a maniacal, dangerous face)
Giotto’s The Kiss (the look of Christ, the look of Judas, just before Judas kisses Christ)
Goya’s Execution of the Rebels on 3rd May, 1808
Edvard Munch’s The Scream
Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (the streets are flat and barren, and the people, seen through the glass of the all-night coffee shop appear to be sitting in a spaceship)
Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles
Picasso’s Three Musicians
Alfred Stieglitz’s photograph The Steerage
Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the isle of La Grande Jatte
M.C. Escher’s Ascending and Descending (duplicate men infinitely ascending and descending circularly, impossibly, the same square staircase)
Caravaggio’s The Calling of St. Matthew
Botticelli’s St. Augustine (the inspired scholar)
Gertrude Kasebier’s photograph Blessed Art Thou among Women (a girl in the wings about to go on stage)
Added on January 27, 2015
Last Updated on January 27, 2015