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Ekphrastic Poetry Lesson

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Writing Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

According to the Poetry Foundation, "An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the "action" of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning"

This collection is based on a lesson plan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which guides users through the process of using artwork to inform and inspire poetry. Strategies for developing original poems, sample ekphrastic (art-inspired) poems, and suggested artworks are included to stimulate thinking.

tags: creative writing, art, poetry, poems

The Lost Balloon

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Subway

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Interception

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Cape Cod Morning

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Café

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Girl I Left Behind Me

Smithsonian American Art Museum