Monday, July 21, 2014

Three New Poems by the Editor

After a trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City last week, I was inspired to add three more ekphrastic poems to my collection:


"What Fate Saint Cate?" A conversation between angels after Francisco de Zurbaran's The Entombment of Saint Catherine of Alexandria











"Water Sillies" after Claude Monet's Water Lilies








"Ovid Would Bristle" after Francesco Mosca's Atalanta & Meleager with the Calydonian Boar and the sculptor's inaccurate depiction of the myth.

Poem of the Day: "The Well Rising" by William E. Stafford, Poet of the Month

The Songs of Eretz Poem of the Day for July 21, 2014 is "The Well Rising" by William E. Stafford, Poet of the Month.  In addition to the reviews this month, Mr. Stafford's work has been reviewed previously here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/04/poem-of-day-once-in-40s-by-william.html, where a brief biography and references may be found.  The text of "The Well Rising" may be found here:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/180209.

Having studies both poets, I continue to find similarities between William Wordsworth and William Stafford beyond their identical first names.  Wordsworth was fond of the traditional ballad.  Stafford's "The Well Rising" is balladic in form, organized in quatrains with four feet in every odd line and three in every even line.  The odd lines rhyme; the even ones end in consonance.  The theme is pastoral, as are practically all of Wordworth's poems, and, also as seen with Wordsworth, speaks to the inspiration that may be found in nature and the awe with which nature should be treated.