Over in the Garden, Kerry challenged us to write a poem "from the same themes that inspired the artists of the 1800s, and to write a new poem, either narrative or lyrical, with musical qualities in its composition. Rhyme and meter are a definite option, but a strong rhythm may be achieved through the use of alliteration, assonance or repetition, as well as with the inclusion of a refrain."
"The word romanticism was first used to describe new ideas in painting and literature, towards the end of the 18th century. This word was later taken up by musicians, to describe the changes in musical style, which took place soon after the turn of the century. Unlike Classical composers, Romantic composers aimed for a store powerful expression of emotion, often revealing their innermost thoughts and feelings. Romantic music is not just about the emotion of love, it can also be about hate or death (positive or negative feelings). "
Many Romantic composers took an interest in art and literature:
- Far off lands
- The distant past
- Night and moonlight
- Rivers, lakes and forests
- Nature and the seasons
- The joy and pain of love
- Fairy tales, myths, legends
- The supernatural
Have you seen Iris Moon cry?
deep salty sea tears glide from mind's eye
landing on Earth's fertile velvet green thighs
papered whispers linger of jeweled strings
swooping pearl butterflies gliding with diamond wings
Iris dreams of exotic sailor's red night
as yellow feathered day releases spun silk's bleeding light
somber thunderstruck gray mood gathers n' collects
as gold mauve curtains drape for lingering effect
Pale illuminated lips purse kissing earth's brow
Lone Loon cheers as dancing rose take a bow
Opaque blooms perfume one's summer wish
Little dipper submerges finding only inky cold fish
rugged Creeper near Tall White clings and climbs
remembering their magnetic kiss "Once upon a time..."
© Ellen Wilson