Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Artistic Interpretations - Beauty

Peacock at Magnolia Garden, SC
Welcome to Artistic Interpretations.  Today's theme is "Beauty"  There are many poems celebrating what is beautiful  HERE is a link to a few famous "beauty" poems.  

For this prompt, one may write about beauty or ponder the symbol of the peacock, often referred to as "the most beautiful bird in the world."  You may use my photograph above if you like.

Like the crow and raven, the peacock is often referred to in folktales, fables, myths, and superstitions.  If you don't want to write about beauty in general, feel free to write about the peacock.

HERE is a fascinating link -  A few excerpts from the link are:

* Peacocks can be traced back to biblical times and the court of King Solomon

* birds of "ill omen" -  cause of the "entrance of the devil into paradise" and expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden

* important symbols in Roman times, linked with early Christian belief in resurrection, the Eucharist, and the Annunciation

* feature in Greek Mythology having sprung from the blood of Argos (the hundred eyed giant)

* superstitiously believed to be heralders of death with their peculiar cry


Other interesting links:

"Fine Feathers:  A brief history of the Peacock as Decoration"

"The peacock: A symbol of royalty"

 "Peacock Symbolism and Meaning"


The entirety of "When the Peacocks Sing" video is fascinating, but at 5:23 the footage focuses on the peacock.




For today's challenge, write about "beauty" or the symbolism that represents one of the most beautiful birds of creation, the Peacock - keeping in mind not all the myths, superstitions, folktales, and beliefs are necessarily "beautiful".  Any style of poetry is acceptable, but I do prefer poems newly written for this prompt.  A reworked one is acceptable.   As always, link to Mr. Linky below and visit the other poets.  I look forward to your artistic interpretations.

13 comments:

Kim Russell said...

Good morning, Margaret. Thank you for the peacock prompt. I have pasted my link here as I couldn't find Mr Linky!
https://writinginnorthnorfolk.com/2017/04/24/feather/

paulscribbles said...

My link. Fascinating prompt.
https://paulscribbles.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/a-hundred-eyes-to-see/

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I was able to run with this one! And my link is:
http://passionatecrone.blogspot.com.au/2017/04/reason-for-shrieking.html

Marian said...

I added Mr. Linky and tried adding the three links above! Hopefully they are all there. Good morning and this is a lovely prompt, Margaret.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Thanks, Marian!

Gillena Cox said...

Oh yes; i like it will be back to link in mine

much love...

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Gosh can you believe it's the last week of NaPoWriMo!❤️ Loved the prompt, Margaret. Sharing my poem Untitled (no matter beautiful or not) Day 24! Woooo hoooo ❤️

Jim said...

This was another fun poem writing exercise. Thank you. Mine is from a real experiences with peacocks, a happening that occurred several times back in the 80's and 90's.
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Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful prompt Margaret.

De said...

I thought I wanted to write about beauty, but a peacock poem came out. ;)

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Second offering ❤️ this time it's a peacock poem!

Margaret said...

Forgive me for posting an oldie that barely meets the requirements of this challenge - my 90 year old father had a mild stroke (he's getting better each day so this is good) but I've been a bit busy and sidetracked... I am off to visit each of your posts now.

Outlawyer said...

Hey margaret--I'm delayed--hope all okay wih your father. k.