John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

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.


The Poem

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

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

The Painting

Constable's Salisbury Cathedral
Constable's Salisbury Cathedral
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2 thoughts on “John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows”

  1. 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.

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