Today’s Folding Mirror poem is an interpretation of John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows.
Poem Introduction and Explanation
I thought it was an amazing painting when I first saw it; which was only this year. When I saw the cathedral in the centre of the painting I thought it would make a good Folding Mirror, so I interpreted it in poetry.
I then did nine other poems interpreting ‘Romantic’ paintings.
It’s a simple poem that mirrors in the three main ways: words per line (4-8-5-8-4), line length and punctuation (a comma each for all the lines).
The poem works from bottom left to top right of the painting; so the painting below the cathedral is at the top of the poem, and the painting above the cathedral is on the bottom of the poem. Bit topsy-turvy I guess.
Earth, hedge and fence
Tree rises skyward, towering colour above anything man-made
Salisbury Cathedral, horse and cart
Rainbow arches infinitely, translucent light glows over tall spire
Clouds, sky and light
2 thoughts on “John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows”
Have just returned from London: bought a postcard of this (& a few other favourites) while I was there, before returning to South Wales via Salisbury. I set myself the fun exercise of keeping a casual eye open for reflections or mirrors as I walked round the NG shop, looking at postcards, cards etc. and choosing a couple to buy. If I had had more time, it would have been good to have done the same exercise for the paintings in the galleries.