3.en.75 Some poems and paintings to prepare Sant Jordi’s

This morning we looked at the painting from Demuth. I was impressed, you guessed pretty well what the painting was about. Then, we commented how to prepare our celebration of book day. Last year you did a great job with your book posters. Molly did a great job too with her description of “book”. Do you remember? This year I hope this poster will inspire you to make your own poster to illustrate your cinquain or haiku.

I have cut and pasted the post I had prepared for first year ESO to your blog. This way you will not need to move to find what to do.

Sometimes, painters have turned to poetry or literature for inspiration and sometimes  poets have found inspiration in paintings.

So, I would like to show you two examples of  two poems by a  famous  American poet, William Carlos  Williams.

  • The first poem was inspired by a painting from Pieter Brueghel, Children’s Games (1560)

In Brueghel’s painting, there are more than 250 children playing all kind of games. Some of the games have not changed much in four centuries. I know the quality of the pic is not so good and the charachters are tiny, but you might recognise some of the games that are  still played in the 21st century. No consoles on the horizon.

Have you ever had a Where’s Wally book? Well, if you look carefully at this painting you’ll see that there are many things going on as in Wally’s books.

This is William Carlos Williams’ poem

Children’s Games

William Carlos Williams

I

This is a schoolyard
crowded
with children

of all ages near a village
on a small stream
meandering by

where some boys
are swimming
bare-ass

or climbing a tree in leaf
everything
is motion

elder women are looking
after the small
fry

a play wedding a
christening
nearby one leans

hollering
into
an empty hogshead

II

Little girls
whirling their skirts about
until they stand out flat

tops pinwheels
to run in the wind with
or a toy in 3 tiers to spin

with a piece
of twine to make it go
blindman’s-buff follow the

leader stilts
high and low tipcat jacks
bowls hanging by the knees

standing on your head
run the gauntlet
a dozen on their backs

feet together kicking
through which a boy must pass
roll the hoop or a

construction
made of bricks
some mason has abandoned

III

The desperate toys
of children
their

imagination equilibrium
and rocks
which are to be

found
everywhere
and games to drag

the other down
blindfold
to make use of

a swinging
weight
with which

at random
to bash in the
heads about

them
Brueghel saw it all
and with his grim

humor faithfully
recorded
it

  • The second poem of William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)  is much shorter and is full of onomatopoeias. This time, the poet did not get inspiration from a painting. It was the other way around. An American painter,  Charles Demuth (1883-1935), who was born the same year as the poet  was inspired by William Carlos William’s  poem  The great figure to paint this work.

  • Does it look like a detailed photo?
  • Is it an abstract painting?
  • Does it look like a poster?
  • Are details important , as in Children’s games?
  • What about colours?

It seems William Carlos Williams wrote  The great figure after watching a fire engine streak past him on a rainy Manhattan street.

This is the poem:

The Great Figure  

Among the rain

and lights

I saw the figure 5

in gold

on a red

fire truck

moving

tense

unheeded

to gong clangs

siren howls

and wheels rumbling

through the dark city

Try to imagine the sound made by the fire engine passing by, at full speed. 

Which instruments would you use to imitate the sounds?

gong clangs

siren howls

and wheels rumbling

Have a look at some pics of fire trucks.

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15 Respostes to “3.en.75 Some poems and paintings to prepare Sant Jordi’s”

  1. claudiapg Says:

    • Does it look like a detailed photo?
    No, it isn’t.
    • Is it an abstract painting?
    I don’t think so but I’m not sure.
    •Does it look like a poster?
    Yes, it looks like a poster to me.
    •Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    Yes, details are important.
    •What about colours?
    Colours are very important because they make art interesting and attractive.

  2. Love Says:

    1. Exacly not, but yes osme features like the shadows and a bit the brightness.
    2. Yes, it looks.
    3. Yes, they are important, but if the paintor is good, and he use different colours maybe not at all.
    4. Yes they are, but sometimes it is not necesary to have a very colourfull, because it dones not show very good.

  3. tatidt Says:

    ·Does it look like a detailed photo?
    No, it doesn’t look like a detailed photo, because I don’t think that this “thing”, the numbers five, etc, exists.
    ·Is it an abstract painting?
    No, because we can underestand the numbers.
    ·Does it look like a poster?
    Yes.
    ·Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    Yes, because if they weren’t, we couldn’t underestand the painting.
    ·What about colours?
    The colours are usefull for knowing wath the paint says.

  4. sarah789 Says:

    ○Does it look like a detailed photo?
    -I think no.
    ○Is it an abstract painting?
    -No because there are real things like the numbers.
    ○Does it look like a poster?
    -Yes.
    ○Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    -I think are very important.
    ○What about colours?
    -There are bright colours and dark colours.

  5. idaira Says:

    Does it look like a detailed photo?
    No, it isn’t.
    Is it an abstract painting?
    Not because the numbers are drawn five and look perfectly.
    Does it look like a poster?
    Yes.
    Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    Yes because the children can understan the picture.
    What about colours?
    There are dark colors and some bright colours.

  6. aina tous Says:

    1.No, it isn’t.
    2.No, because I can see perfectly the number 5 and the words.
    3.Yes, I think so.
    4.Yes, because we can understand it.
    5.The colours are very striking.

  7. andrea199762 Says:

    ~ No, it isn’t.
    ~ I don’t think so but I’m not sure.
    ~ Yes, it looks like a poster to me.
    ~ Yes, details are important.
    ~ Colours are very important because they make art interesting and attractive.

  8. emil7234 Says:

    Does it look like a detailed photo?
    I think that not.
    Is it an abstract painting?
    I think that it looks , but a little bit like abstract painting.
    Does it look like a poster?
    Probably, but I do not think it.
    Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    Yes, because if they were bad we couldn’t understood anything.
    What about colours?
    I think that they are warm colours.

  9. neusr Says:

    •Does it look like a detailed photo?
    no, it isn’t.
    •Is it an abstract painting?
    yes,it is
    •Does it look like a poster?
    yes, it looks like a poster
    •Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    yes because we can understand the picture.
    •What about colours?
    Dark colors

  10. Peptoni Font Says:

    1) No, it isn’t.
    2) Yes, because the fire truck is not visible.
    3) Yes.
    4) Yes, because you can understand it.
    5) I think that the mixtures of colours are very beautiful.

  11. xiskete Says:

    1) No, it isn’t.
    2) Yes, very original.
    3) Yes is incredible.
    4) Yes, because they are details important.
    5) The colours are dark.

  12. Pilar Says:

    • Does it look like a detailed photo?
    I think no.
    • Is it an abstract painting?
    Yes.
    •Does it look like a poster?
    Yes.
    •Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    Yes, details are important.
    •What about colours?
    I think that the colours explain a little bit the feeling of the author.

  13. angelblanchvallespir Says:

    -Does it look like a detailed photo?
    No it didn’t.
    -Is it an abstract painting?
    Ithink yes, a little.
    -Does it look like a poster?
    Yes it did.
    -Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    The details are very important.
    -What about colours?
    I think that are a very good selected colours.

  14. Zandalie Says:

    1. Does it look like a detailed photo?
    I think no.
    2. Is it an abstract painting?
    Yes, because it is not exactly a figure in particular.
    3. Does it look like a poster?
    I think yes.
    4. Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    Yes, the details are very important.
    5. What about colours?
    I think are very important to express the feelings.

  15. jlny7288 Says:

    1.Does it look like a detailed photo?
    No, it is not.
    2. Is it an abstract painting?
    Yes, it is an abstract painting
    3. Does it look like a poster?
    Yes, it perfectly can be a poster.
    4. Are details important , as in Children’s games?
    Yes, the details are too important.
    What about colours?
    The colours are very important too, because the colours give meanings to the paintings.


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