Monday Morning Writing Prompt: Ekphrasis

Ekphrasis or ecphrasis is the graphic, often dramatic description of a visual work of art. In ancient times it referred to a description of any thing, person, or experience. The word comes from the Greek ek and phrasis, ‘out’ and ‘speak’ respectively, verb ekphrazein, to proclaim or call an inanimate object by name. (Wikipedia)

For our prompt I’d like to invite you spend a few moments with a friend of mine, Vincent Van Gogh. There is such a combination of beauty and tragedy in his life. You probably know he was an (apparent) failure at everything he tried during his lifetime: love,  the ministry,  and art. When he lived for a few days after his suicide attempt, he told his brother, Theo, that he couldn’t even succeed at taking his own life.

You may want to check out some of his art work on the Internet. Write an poetic ekphrasis using an image or Van Gogh himself as the subject. Here are a couple of his paintings to help you get started:

Vincent VanGogh--Public Domain

Vincent VanGogh--Public Domain


10 thoughts on “Monday Morning Writing Prompt: Ekphrasis

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Nice prompt. Bogged down right now in the little details of love – none nearly so diverting as this – so cannot particpate this time around … look forward to see what others do with your prompt.


  2. Jingle says:

    awesome one..


  3. notjeffery says:

    I’ve also given you an award, a happiness award.
    Check it out on my page.


  4. souldipper says:

    As the song says, “This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” Love your challenge.


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