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American Gothic

Describing the poem of Early American Gothic


on 5 October 2012

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli by: Adrian, Bradley, Kelton American Gothic The painting "American Gothic", was painted by Grant Wood in 1930. It's of a farmer and his daughter. The people posing for the painting were the artists sister and their dentist. The poem was written by John Stone in 1930, describing his thoughts on the Painting. The poem is Ekphrastic Poetry. Ekphrastic Poetry
Definition: Writing that comments upon another art form. For instance, the poem and the painting is Ekphrastic Just outside the frame
there has to be a dog
chickens, cows and hay

and a smokehouse
where a ham in hickory
is also being preserved Here for all time
the borders of the Gothic window
anticipate the ribs

of the house
the tines of the pitchfork
repeat the triumph of his overalls
and front and center
the long faces, the sober lips

above the upright spines
of this couple
arrested in the name of art At first, we thought that the potrtrait
was of the farmer and his wife. These two
by now
the sun this high
ought to be
in mortal time
about their businesses Instead they linger here
within the patient fabric
of the lives they wove he asking the artist silently
how much longer
and worrying about the crops
she no less concerned about the crops
but more to the point just now
whether she remembered
to turn off the stove. http://music.yahoo.com/weird-al-yankovic/
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