Looking back at the activities for the past several months, it looks like we've been through some pretty intense stuff. February brought us February Sonnet Challenge, with 14 straight days of sonnetry. March brought us our first collaborative sonnet, and April brought for many of us #NaPoWriMo
, perhaps the second hardest poetry challenge here on DA behind #ProjectDFC
. Looking back, our challenges thus far have been focused on the form of the sonnet. You all have done a great job learning the rules and bending them to your own creative needs, so I figure this month we could do something less strenuous and more flexible. For this reason, the month of May will be a series of prompts you can do at your own leisure!
This May, our major theme will be Ekphrastic Poetry
What is ekphrastic poetry? Simply put, ekphrasis is basically using one medium of art to convey the feelings and meanings and techniques of another medium of art. Think of Keats' Ode to a Grecian Urn
, for example, where Keats uses poetic technique to represent the Grecian urn. It's not simply describing the urn; it's taking that a step further and "translating" not only the medium of pottery but the range of emotions it's able to invoke.Instructions
: This challenge will also allow you to explore the wide world that is DeviantART! Click on the DeviantART logo in the upper right corner to go to the main browsing page. On a column to the left, you'll see a list of the art categories that DA has. Look around the different subcategories until you find a deviation you would like to write an ekphrastic sonnet on.
On your sonnet submission, remember not only to mention the group/link this journal, but also link the original piece that inspired your sonnet as well as what artistic media/DA category it was in. Your challenge is to write 10 ekphrastic sonnets on 10 different deviations in 10 different DA categories! What will be your inspiration? Vector art? A plushie doll? A beautiful journal skin? The possibilities are endless!
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, feel free to drop a line. The May Prompt on Ekphrasis will commence on May 1st and end May 31st. Considering that you have 31 days to write 10 sonnets; that's not too bad!
Best of luck!