#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge No. 308, 2/21/23


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In case you missed last week’s poetry, here are the poet’s links from the 2/14/23 Synonyms Only challenge:

1.Padre10.Chu on This19.Kerfe
2.willowdot2111.The Versesmith20.kittysverses
3.Gwen Plano12.sangeetha21.Keerthi Iyer
4.Selma13.Britta Benson22.Luanne Castle
5.Li/ Lisa14.Reena Saxena23.joshuacushman89
6.ben Alexander15.Yvette M Calleiro24.Marje @ Kyrosmagica
7.Elizabeth16.Colleen Chesebro25.
Kavya Janani. U
8.Cheryl17.Mark Bozeman  
9.D. L. Finn18.Jules  

This #TankaTuesday challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by works of art.

I’m fascinated by fine art. Much of my newfound knowledge of art comes from Rebecca Budd’s blog, Chasing Art.com/blog. Many thanks to Rebecca for the inspiration.

This painting was featured on Rebecca’s post: PORTRAIT OF LADY AGNEW OF LOCHNAW BY JOHN SINGER SARGENT

You will definitely want to read Rebecca’s post. It’s full of wonderful information!

(Find more of John Singer Sargent’s paintings on National Galleries Scotland).

This week, using the painting as your inspiration, please write either a syllabic poetry form or a freestyle poem, including a syllabic form (both poetry forms on the same post).

REMEMBER… don’t just describe the woman… we can all see her. Like all of us, this woman has a story. Write THAT poem…

Portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865-1932) by John Singer Sargent, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Write your poem using a syllabic form from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms. Here is more information on how to write an Ekphrastic poem: How Do You Write an Ekphrastic Poem.

“Ekphrastic poems exist to respond to a piece of art critically, analytically, and reverentially.”

Ekphrastic poetry explained

Here are some impressive sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:


A simple yet powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more.


This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.


For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

Please include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL, the https:// address of this post into your post).

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Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

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So, who wants to have fun and write some syllabic poetry?

50 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge No. 308, 2/21/23”

          1. The eyes are the window to the soul 💜
            And there is the political phrase “The ayes have it ” meaning a yes vote but I always say it’s all in the eyes because it is. Not sure if it’s a saying… It should be ! 💜

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  1. Thanks, Colleen. Tonight I tackled two prompts in one. It’s a lovely art piece you presented us with. Thank you. I hope you liked what I offer. Blessings to all and good night. Will read more in the a.m.

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  2. I am beyond excited that you have featured Lady Agnew for this poetry challenge, Colleen. You and John Singer Sargent are of the same mind. He said that “You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.” You encourage me with similar words: “You can’t do poetry enough. Write poetry about everything and keep your curiosity fresh! “

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I’m so glad you have this art blog… goodness knows what I would find for inspiration! I was surprised how these paintings inspired me and others to write poetry. What a fabulous idea. It was Merril who introduced me to the idea of ekphrastic poetry. The combination of the art and poetry make the painting come alive.

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    1. No, I will have to research more of Sargent’s paintings. My interest in fine art was something you encouraged with your ekphrastic poetry submissions to various sites. I discovered the art inspired me to write poetry. Many thanks for that, Merril. 💜

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      1. You’re welcome, Colleen. That’s very kind. I enjoy ekphrastic poetry. I’m not particularly knowledgeable about art, but my parents always took us to museums when we were children, and they had an antique company (real antiques not flea market stuff). My husband and I and children enjoy art, too.
        Madame X is a contrast to this painting. It caused a scandal!

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        1. I looked the painting up… I didn’t care for the contrived stance of the woman… although I understand Sargeant’s motives, I think. With her neck exposed seductively like that, it would have been scandalous! I also read he was glad to leave when the painting was finished. I think he and the model had their fill of each other. LOL!

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          1. It was scandalous because he originally painted it with the strap off her shoulder–and I believe she had “a reputation,” which that off the shoulder strap hinted at. He later painted the strap back on.

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