Monday, March 4, 2013

Ekphrastic tanka: break, break, break

The subject of my tanka here is a Monet painting (see link to painting underneath poem).

break, break, break,
a cold sea’s crashing waves . . .
the grief
painted into
these rocks at Belle Île

Allusion to Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “Break, Break, Break”
Claude Monet, “Rocks at Belle Île (The Pyramids of Port Coton),” 1886
Atlas Poetica ("Ekphrastic Tanka" special feature), Nov. 24, 2012

Read about ekphrastic poetry at Atlas Poetica and The Music In It: Adele Kenny's Poetry Blog (which focuses on the craft and enjoyment of writing poetry).

1 comment:

  1. Janet... you've captured Monet's intent in this tanka. The starkness and the darkness of the water and the rocks scream of grief. Nicely done. xo stace