Searching For A Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery

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One monkey appears to be amused by the student's difficulty. The other monkey offers a clue:. By introducing the student's confusion and the surreal exam, Szymborska suggests that the monkeys symbolize the hopelessness of the human condition. It doesn't matter whether the monkeys gaze out the window or face the room. Either way, they remain enslaved. Paintings by Pieter Bruegel are the basis for a variety of ekphrastic writing by some of the most noted poets of the modern era.

Bruegel's "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus " stimulated famous poems by W. Auden and William Carlos Williams. John Berryman and countless others responded to Bruegel's "Hunters in the Snow ," each poet offering a unique impression of the scene. English poet U.

Ursula Askham Fanthorpe — was known for irony and dark wit. Fanthorpe's ekphrastic poem, "Not My Best Side," draws inspiration from "Saint George and the Dragon," a medieval illustration of a legendary tale. The artist, Paolo Uccello c. However, Fanthorpe invents a speaker who presents a comical and contemporary interpretation of the scene. Written in free verse, the three long stanzas are a monologue spoken by the damsel in the painting.

Her voice is sassy and defiant:.

The irreverent monologue seems all the more humorous in the context of Uccello's painting and the ancient tale of male heroism. American artist Edward Hopper — painted haunting views of lonely urban scenes. Anne Carson — pondered his work in "Hopper: Confessions," a series of nine poems featured in her collection, Men in the Off Hours.

Anne Carson's Hopper-inspired poems combine ekphrasis with quotes from the fourth century philosopher St.

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In "Nighthawks," for example, Carson suggests that the passage of time has created distance between the figures in the diner that Hopper painted. Carson's poem is a reflective monologue with staggered lines that convey a sense of shifting light and shadows. Augustine's startling quote about the way time shapes our lives. By juxtaposing words from the philosopher with words spoken by characters in the painting, Anne Carson brings a new dimension to Hopper's work.

Shortly after her divorce from fellow artist Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo — painted a surrealistic self-portrait. The painting stirs many questions: Why is Kahlo wearing a lace headdress? What are the lines that radiate around her face?

Why is Diego Rivera's image painted on her forehead? To practice ekphrasis, write a response to Kahlo's painting. About the Author Christine Verstraete is an award-winning journalist and author from Wisconsin whose fiction is often inspired by her love of dogs and her fascination with dollhouse miniatures. A longtime horror fan, she also enjoys writing tales with a touch of the macabre for anthologies and eBooks.

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I found the ebook wonderful and urge you to buy it too. Anonymous More than 1 year ago Samantha Carlton, her bff Lita, and a mischievous Dachshund named Petey face an angry housekeeper, a dog-hating gardener, and an ancient family curse as they search for a missing miniature replica of Van Gogh's famous painting, "Starry Night. Verstraete maintains the same level of interest and mystery that my childhood favourites contained.

A fun way to spend time reading with any child and also introduce them to new hobbies. A delightful young adult story that children as well as adults will enjoy. Very entertaining, especially with the lovable Petey stealing the show! A good read for anyone who wants a laugh. Well written, very exciting, and hard to put down Interesting and educational Related Searches.

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