The ekphrasis poem I read on Monday, Musee des Beaux Arts, started off referring to someone suffering and dying but no one even noticed it happening. The second Stanza referred to a painting entitled The Fall of Icarus, which was also about someone suffering and dying, and no one noticing. The painting was of a boy falling from the sky and drowning while others nearby did nothing to help him and just turned away. Ekphrasis poems are usually describe a specific piece of art, in this case, the painting. After reading the poem and then looking at the painting, it gives you a better idea of what the poem is trying to relay, it gives you a visual picture of the poem’s meaning.
After reading a concretist poem this week, SOS, it gave me a better idea of what self-reflexivity means, to me it means that the poem is describing itself, how it should look.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/FS_Ford”>@FS_Ford</a> I think it's significant that the outer ring contains "I" (the subject position) in all languages… (1/2) <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/vizpoem?src=hash”>#vizpoem</a></p>— Jason Coats (@jason_coats) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jason_coats/status/614143940850241536″>June 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
The tweet by Prof. Coats gave me a better understanding too of the meaning of the SOS letters. The letters on the inside of the poem, SOS, mean the same thing in any language, as do the letters on the outer rim of the poem I, mean the “subject position” in any language too. The letters themselves are referring back to themselves, SOS means (distress) and the SOS letters in the poem seem like they are in distress, falling in the black hole, which shows irony.
A poem that refers to a painting gives you an actual “picture” to look at to help you better understand the meaning of the poem and a concretist poem refers to itself, but only in its shape, not a detailed painting or picture, which I believe is sometimes harder to interpret. #vizpoem