The Finished Masterpiece (from a Chain Poem Challenge)

Argenteuil,  Claude Monet, 1874, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Argenteuil, Claude Monet, 1874, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. | Source
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Claude Monet, 1875
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Claude Monet, 1875 | Source

The Original Challenge and Finished Poem

In my earlier hub "The Masterpiece:a Chain Poetry Challenge" I invited readers to join me in composing a chain poem building on two stanzas I provided, and to write their contributions in comments. I was blown away by the response and high standard of the submissions by a number of talented poets.

I have held off publishing the finished poem to give those interested time to write their verses. Hopefully everyone has submitted them by now but if not I will continue to add to and edit the poem as more verses are received. That being said I have done my best to put this chain poem together satisfactorily and I hope you enjoy it. You will see by the length of the finished poem why I decided to use it in a separate hub from the original.

In case you haven't read the original hub yet, the story behind it is based on Claude Monet and his wonderful paintings.

Water Lilies an Reflections of a Willow 1916-19
Water Lilies an Reflections of a Willow 1916-19 | Source
One of the few nude painted by Monet
One of the few nude painted by Monet | Source

The Masterpiece

"The boy sitting behind you says you look like a masterpiece.

Ask him, has he ever seen a Monet up close?

Close enough to see nothing but muddled strokes of weedy lakeshore?

Close enough to dip his fingers into the ridges

where oil paints hardened under an artist's gaze?

Close enough to breathe onto the blood lilies?

Ask him, why did he paint them red?" (Andriealphus)



He grinned like Carroll's Cheshire cat.

"Through clouded and bloodshot eyes I imagine.

Be my waterlilies!" he says,

"Feel my breath and let my fingers delve,

become my masterpiece instead.

A brush has never touched a canvas as fine as your fair skin.

Let the masters weep in jealousy,

and Van Gogh slice his ear in envy at the beauty of your nakedness." (Jodah)


Women in a Garden, 1866–1867, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Women in a Garden, 1866–1867, Musée d'Orsay, Paris | Source

Ask him what he sees beneath this textured beauty,

what colours pulse and touch his heart.

And what about a heart that's sorely aching,

how can he know the passion it imparts?

What skill caresses such a naked canvass?

What colours would he see my soul embrace?

Perchance he cannot craft such wild endeavours

my interest to capture, given chase. (Annart)



"The pure white of the lily's skin

speaks of no beauty from within

just Monet's way or goal

for feasting eyes

not feasting for the soul." (Shyron E Shenko)

“For my heart tends to fetter in your delicacy,

every detail from within to your out,

a treasured voyage for a lifetime of Excellency

visualizing and wooing while feeling about.” (Word55)

Sringtime 1872
Sringtime 1872 | Source
Japanese Bridge and Waterlilies
Japanese Bridge and Waterlilies | Source
Monet's Water Lily Pond (Banksy version):
Monet's Water Lily Pond (Banksy version): | Source

Ask where he sat to paint the water ripples

And did he walk across the shaded bridge

What sounds embraced him as he heard

The whispering breeze, the swishing brush

And did he ever dream his water lilies

Would grace my Mother's wall in Spain

Or turn to parody by Banksy casting

An upturned shopping trolley in his lily lake? (Gloriousconfusion)


On contemplating Banksy’s lily lake in its unique splendour

The shopping trolley resting quietly on its side,

I wonder if someone lost their footing

as they gazed at the beauty of the swirling ripple

from the unexpected eddy tide?

The dreamy bridge aglow in milky greenery hue.


I wonder if Monet could still hear the lake's whispers

as he added a touch of playful blue?

The blue light shining in the glittering sky

a vision of splendor to all who pass by.

Surely the master's stroke of the heavenly arc beautifully placed

is a student's wishful plea for words tatted with lace. (always exploring)

Morning on the Seine, 1898, National Museum of Western Art
Morning on the Seine, 1898, National Museum of Western Art | Source
The Artist's house at Argenteuil, 1873, The Art Institute of Chicago
The Artist's house at Argenteuil, 1873, The Art Institute of Chicago | Source

Confessions to friend Georges Clemenceau

Of light encapsulating both torment, joy

Fervent madness in analyzing colors

Consequential spontaneous creations

Season after season of obsession

Capturing different hues in a single moment

Attentive while strolling in Argenteuill

Brushwork bares masterpiece. (Faith Reaper)


Ask again, ask the boy if he too has walked the paths in Giverny,

Stumbled across the bridge of lightness and shade,

Dazzled by sunlight to contrast those dark shadows of grief,

Connected to some past reflection in the rippling stream,

Time the magician weaves a subliminal spell,

Youth, skilfully creating the beauty of the moment sees

Primordial vision painting blood red lilies. (travmaj)

Water Lilies, 1919, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Water Lilies, 1919, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | Source
The Rose Arches, Giverny
The Rose Arches, Giverny | Source

As light turned dark as night turned day

His brushes stroked and streamed

like rippling thoughts

from his abstract dreams

to capture his garden at Giverny

lush in its proper shades.


For he saw reflective sources

from which his palette sang

to wit there he sat

content with his pond.

While the young boy

dreaming romantic thoughts walked on

(ocfireflies)

Nymphéas, 1920–26
Nymphéas, 1920–26 | Source

The Painting above is part of Monet's "Les Nympheas" display in the Musée de l'Orangerie

Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies)
A monumental and intimate creation. Les Nymphéas are the expression and result of Claude Monet's artistic thought. An incredible project by a painter that wanted to explore all variations of light in his garden in Giverny, Les Nymphéas are displayed across two oval rooms, creating a place of endless reflection for visitors. Immediately after the Great War, Monet wanted his work to take this aesthetic and poetic dimension as well as to offer Parisians a refuge, a place of peace and meditation. (source: parisinfo.com)

As the boy began to walk away

in his wake, I heard him say

"I took a trip to Orangerie

where the ghost of Monet still abides.

I sat right down and gazed awhile

until I heard a soft voice cry,

"Have you ever seen a fluid dream?

Where light evolves into what it touch.

Where serenity flows through cloudy veil.

Where the magician's brush like lightning rush.


Have you ever seen a sight sublime?

A child born of distorted illusion.

This flowering pond that traps the light

that lift the heart and beckons the soul.

An abstract pulchritude up close.

Move back, behold; such tranquil delight." (tobusiness)

Claude Monet's Nymphéas on display in the museum.
Claude Monet's Nymphéas on display in the museum. | Source
The Seine Near Giverny, 1897, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Seine Near Giverny, 1897, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Source
Claude Monet - In the Woods at Giverny- Blanche Hoschedé at Her Easel
Claude Monet - In the Woods at Giverny- Blanche Hoschedé at Her Easel | Source

Blue follows movement,

impasto, a curvilinear brandishing of light,

marking the distance

between student and master

in an arc of sky. (AudreyHowitt)

And this the beauty be

from Masters past we see

impressed upon the boy

bestowed on her with joy. (Phyllis Doyle)

No tears splash water below,

From the bridge beneath his feet,

Nor can his brush paint his thoughts,

From the mystery maid he seeks. (Diana Lee)

In the Garden, Claude Monet 1895
In the Garden, Claude Monet 1895 | Source

He begins walking toward the multi colored painting,

vivid blues of every shade come into focus.

It is as much as he can see through his cataract eyes,

a woman with the dress of lace and diamonds.

She is searching his thoughts.

Reds and greens weave through his brain and a revelation gives birth,

the journey on this road of accomplishments he made.

The lady disappears through the canopy of the trees ahead.

He is alone again,

standing there with a brush and empty canvas. (Jo Goldsmith)


The Garden at Giverny
The Garden at Giverny

Giverny

Monet's house and garden

In May 1883, Claude Monet and his large family rented a house on 2 acres situated at Giverny. There was a barn that doubled as a painting studio, orchards and a small garden. The house was close to the local schools for the children to attend and the surrounding landscape offered much suitable inspiration for Monet's work. The family worked hard and built up the gardens. During this time Monet's fortunes began to improve as sales of his paintings began to increase notably. By November 1890, Monet had saved enough money to buy the house, the surrounding buildings and the land for his gardens. During the 1890s, Monet built a greenhouse and a second spacious and well lit studio equipped with skylights.

He wrote daily instructions to his gardener, that included precise designs and layouts for plantings throughout the garden. As Monet's wealth grew, his garden evolved with it and he always remained its architect, even after he hired seven gardeners to do the work.

 Field of Poppies, Claude Monet, 1873-1878 Museum d’Orsay
Field of Poppies, Claude Monet, 1873-1878 Museum d’Orsay | Source

He bought additional land with a water meadow and in 1893 he began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. White water lilies local to France were planted along with imported cultivars from South America and Egypt, resulting in a range of colours including yellow, blue and white lilies that turned pink with age.

In 1899 Monet began painting the water lilies, first with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life. This scenery, with its alternating light and mirror-like reflections, became an integral part of his work. By the mid-1910s Monet had achieved:

"a completely new, fluid, and somewhat audacious style of painting in which the water-lily pond became the point of departure for an almost abstract art"

—Gary Tinterow (source: Wikipedia)

 An image of Claude Monet in his garden in Giverny with an unidentified visitor. From The New York Times photo archive, dated only 1922, author not given
An image of Claude Monet in his garden in Giverny with an unidentified visitor. From The New York Times photo archive, dated only 1922, author not given | Source

Special Thanks

I'd like to offer my special thanks to everyone who contributed to the writing of this chain poem. I apologise to any writer whose stanza I altered slightly to fit the style of the rest of the poem and try to tie it together.

If any of you have a suggestion as to how these stanzas could be rearranged to improve the flow or meaning of the poem, please don't hesitate to let me know and I'll gladly consider it.

Also, if you have had any part in the writing of "The Masterpiece" you are more than welcome to use it and reproduce it wherever you wish. I am not copyrighting it as I am only a small contributor myself.

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whonunuwho 13 months ago from United States

I was reluctant to take part. Monet was one of my favorite artists of all time.

His work, a veritable feast for the eyes and promise for the soul...on mere canvas and with paints...his soulful message to extol. Thanks for this nice exercise in honor to a truly great painter. whonu


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bodylevive 13 months ago from Loachapoka, Alabama

I think letting others contribute was a wonderful idea. Although, I have never read a poem this long, first time for everything. It is really nice.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you whonu. If you do want to take part I am willing to add more verses. Monet was indeed one of the greats.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your kind comment bodylevive. I never imagined the challenge would generate so many responses.. hence the length of the poem. That's why I had to publish it as a separate hub. Glad you enjoyed the poem anyway.


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Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

Bravo, John! You have certainly arranged all of the fine contributions here into a perfect masterpiece. Your keen eye is evident here to be able to arrange all in such a fine order, and this is a beautiful hub to honor Monet, my favorite artist.

Congrats to all of those who contributed to create such a beautiful end result. I am humbled you even included my verse.

This is certainly a lovely treat to end the week with and enjoy on this Friday night.

God bless

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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for you wonderful and encouraging comment Faith. It is easy to tell that Monet is the favourite artist of many and always will be. His art will live forever. I really appreciated you and everyone else who took part to make this such a success. Thank for sharing and voting up too. Have a wonderful weekend.


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tobusiness 13 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

John, wow! You've done an incredible job with this masterpiece, this is a wonderful tribute to the Master. Bravo to all the writers who have contributed to the chain, it was such a pleasure to read. I love how you managed to weave the story through the chain. Excellent work, there are so many brilliant poets on HP, such a pity writing poetry is not encouraged here. Nicely done, everyone.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello again Jo. I am pleased that you are happy with the outcome and that it all came together. It is great to collaborate on a project like this and see where it goes. I think we can make poetry more accepted here and elsewhere if we do things a little differently as I tried to do here with these hubs. Thanks again for being part of it.


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

You have done sterling work here, John, in putting this all together. Well done! And well done to everyone who took part. It's truly amazing that a few hubbers can create such a beautiful poem in the same style, thanks to your impetus. Your illustrations are the icing on the cake. The beauty of Monet's work is breath-taking, is it not?

I'm going to print this out and frame it! This is a wonderful community which works together so well and that will be my daily reminder.

Once again, John, you really have created a masterpiece here and you should be proud of this achievement; without you, it would not have happened. I'm proud to be a part of it.

Here's to much more poetry on HP!

Ann


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the wonderful comment Ann, and for being a part of this. You are right about the community here, it is the best, and yes Monet's paintings are beautiful. I have had someone suggest that I should try and do a series of these, one per month. Do you think others would get bored with the concept and stop contributing? Perhaps if it was about a different impressionist painter each time. Anyway I am honoured that you are going to print this up and frame it. Thanks again.


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always exploring 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

I am in awe! Your poetic response to the masterpiece is beautifully weaved into a finished work of art that is excellent. I too will print this as a reminder of how hubbers can work together in perfect harmony to bring about beauty in words. Thank you. Enjoyed and shared.


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida

John, this came together beautifully thanks to the many talented contributors. The history you add is the icing on the cake!

I really enjoyed the video you included of Monet's gardens. What a thrill it would be to walk through the inspiration that allowed his soul to flow onto canvas! It would be like walking inside one of his masterpieces.

Awesome, awesome, awesome, John!


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

Great idea; it could work with any painters, not just impressionists, though I must admit they're my favourites. I also like the work of Cezanne and many more.

I don't think it would get boring, if you did one regularly. Different artists would create different impetus, emotions, style, etc.

Ann


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you o much Ruby for your positive comment and being a participent in this project. It was a great success and I am thinking of doing one of these chain poem challenges each month on a different painter if other writers wil be willing to keep participating. Together we poets can make the world a more beautiful place.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shauna. Thanks for the triple "awesome"..gladly accepted. I'd love to visit Monet's gardens and get the feeling of his inspiration.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Ann, yes I like Cezanne, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir etc.


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billybuc 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

You all did such a wonderful job with this. What a clever idea. I think the results far exceeded my expectations, and I had high expectations going in. Well done all!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Bill, your continued encouragement and support is alway greatly appreciated. I am more than happy with the result.


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always exploring 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

John, I'm looking forward to your monthly chain poem challenge. I know I am honored to participate. So many great poets to write about, who will you choose is a question I find exciting!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank Ruby, yes that will be the intriguing part. So glad you are willing to partiipate.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london

This whole Hub is a Canvas of Beauty in it's own right. A leader is a motivator, and since you've managed to bring out the excellence in poets that Hub Pages surely have, then may stars and twinkles come your way.

This is truly an exquisite piece and since it conveys the inner theme of Art and Elegance, then I have to say it is a most sublime work and elegant piece of writing. Pranams to all contributors and especially you, Jodah -the Bench-marker. In Love and Light.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for such a generous and uplifting comment manatita. I am quite proud of this hub and its predecessor where this poem began. Thank you for your confirmation that it was a worthwhile exercise at bringing talented poets together.


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Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

John, I do think that is a fantastic idea to do a series and engage the wonderful HubPages' community to collaborate together to produce such fine artist creations. Once a month is good and hopefully those fine poets who happened to miss out this round will participate for even more community spirit.

This type of work is what makes HP so special and a stellar community in which to belong no doubt!

Blessings again


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Dana Tate 13 months ago from LOS ANGELES

I have waited for this, and you did not disappoint! Beautiful collaboration. Voted up, all the choices (except funny) and share.


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Phyllis Doyle 13 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Jodah, I am overwhelmed with the beauty of this Masterpiece. I am not real happy with my contribution, I did not take the needed time to ponder and follow the flow, so my part could very well be revised or changed per your more creative expertise.

The verses go so well together and the flow is lovely. I truly admire the hard work you have done and the time spent in arranging this Masterpiece so beautifully.

I also am overwhelmed by all the profound verses that so many of our poets contributed.

We must do this again, if you can kindly start another one in due time with another Master of paintings. I so enjoyed reading this fantastic poem and dwelling in the world of Monet - one of the best Masters.

Thank you, Jodah.

Up ++++ and H+


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AudreyHowitt 13 months ago from California

This was fun John! Let's do it again sometime!


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word55 13 months ago from Chicago

Jodah, obviously a job greatly done by you and all the contributors. Phyllis, your contribution was excellent. It's the ending that amazed me. Jo Goldsmith did a marvelous job bringing it to a marvelous end that can start again. It was a cold ending but it had to end somehow at some point. It was all a job superbly done. Thanks for allowing me to contribute. Voted up and kudos to you John...


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Faith. I am glad this project was such a success. It was hard work, but I'll continue to do it if it helps create a sense of collaboration and brings the community at HP closer together. Maybe hubs such as this will eventually give "poetry" a higher standing with Hub Pages and the Internet community in general. I hope so. Blessings.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much for your support Dana. I am glad you enjoyed this and appreciate the vote up.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Phyllis, thank you for your kind words. Your contribution was fine and I didn't want to change what others wrote very much though I did make a few small tweaks. I may still make a couple more as I re read the poem. Feel free to reword your verse in comments if you think you can improve it and I'll adjust the poem accordingly. The hardest part was selecting the verse to end it and I finally settled on the last one I received, by Jo Goldsmith. Yes, I will do this again, possibly once a month with a new master.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for contributing Audrey. Yes I hope to make this a series if I can.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Al, I was amazed at how well it came together too and I am pleased with everyone's contribution. Jo's verse did have a feeling of finality to it and was the last I received so I thought it fitting to use it as the ending. Thank you for being a part of it all and the vote up.


Kevin Goodwin 13 months ago

What you have done is amazing. Keep up the great work and i look forward to what you do next.


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AliciaC 13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

The poems and the hub are beautiful, Jodah! The overall effect is lovely. It's a very enjoyable hub to read and to view.


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drbj 13 months ago from south Florida

It seems, Jodah, that you may have awakened a new appreciation of Monet by your poetry and challenge. Congrats to all the talented Hubbers who contributed to this amazing compilation.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Than you for reading this hub and commenting Kevin. I really appreciate it.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Alicia, coming from someone whose hubs are always visually attractive and informative, this is a great compliment.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes drbj, it seems there are a lot of Monet fans out there. I hope the net painter I come up with is equally popular.


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travmaj 13 months ago from australia

John you've done an excellent job of compiling and fusing all the contributions into the final poem. Most impressive. I was also impressed by the additional text and photos. Thank you for this and thank you for all the hard work.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Maj, for your kind words as well as your own contribution to this. Would you be involved if I do more of these hubs?


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ocfireflies 13 months ago from North Carolina

John,

What a wonderful way to begin my day

a masterpiece indeed

woven by your keen eye

and polished so brightly

by your poetic touch

Feeling honored to be a link in this poetry chain.

Thank you John for being YOU!

Blessings,

Kim


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Kim,

Thanks for the lovely poetic comment. I loved your contribution. Oh, I thought about trying to be someone else but don't think I could pull it off successfully :) Blessings back.


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ocfireflies 13 months ago from North Carolina

John,

I would not want you to be any other you.

: )Kim


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Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

Yes, John, I think you're right about this kind of collaborative project helping to promote poets and poetry to be appreciated more so by HP and communitywide. I have Monet prints around my home. I also have another favorite artist of mine, Van Gogh, and his lovely Almond Blossom ...a print in my . Home and I just love the reason and meaning behind that painting. He is my second in line favorite. I also have a framed print by Renoir. Obviously, I am a fan of Impressionist art. This is a great overall hub and beautiful one ...hint, hint : ) Blessings


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Phyllis Doyle 13 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

My favorite Old Masters are Albrecht Durer, Johann Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Milkmaid, lovely), John Baptist, Renoir, Van Gogh. Toulouse-Lautrec (Post Impressionist). Now, Toulouse-Lautrec would be a very good one to write a poem on because of his devastating accident as a child which left his legs unable to grow, his Bohemian life style and provocative paintings. Mary Cassatt, contemporary impressionist, her mother and child paintings are nostalgic and beautiful. Oh ! I could go on and on with this, Jodah. I am so happy you have started this wonderful idea and look forward to the series. This is such a worthwhile project which brings out the best of the great poets we have at HP.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Kim ;)


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Marion Drury 13 months ago from Sydney, Australia

Wow! Well done Jodah and all who contributed to create this truly fabulous piece. Monet is one of my favourite artists and this is a wonderful tribute. Hope to see more.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Faith, I have two large Van Gogh prints hanging on my wall also..Sunflowers and Irises, so he could possibly be next in the series. I have a large book "the Impressionists" and I have a lot of favourites among them.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I enjoy the work of all those and more Phyllis. Yes Toulouse-Laurence is an amazing character and painter and will certainly be on my list. I do love Mary Cassatt, one of the few successful women painters at the time. I'm looking forward to starting the next of these.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this Marion and leaving such an encouraging comment. Yes Monet appears to be a favourite of many.


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travmaj 13 months ago from australia

Hi John - yes of course I'd be interested in more of your poetry challenges. I can see how it might evolve. I was intrigued by the first stanza of this poem, the rhythm, the meter, the word choices. Great job fitting it altogether. Cheers from chilly Melbourne.


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Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Wonderful creation, John! It's really a masterpiece, very beautifully arranging the contributions of others to fit into the chain. We have so many great poets here. I am very proud of all of you. Thanks for the wonderful presentation to each one of you, contributors.

Voted up and awesome. Sharing it on G+


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Larry Rankin 13 months ago from Oklahoma

Fascinating experiment.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi again Maj, yes it was the first stanza that drew me in as well and I decided to take it further. Glad to hear you'll join in further similar challenges. Stay warm.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Venkatachari, for the generous comment, vote up and share of this hub. Hub Pages certainly has a fine collection of poets and many had a hand in this.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Larry, I think the experiment was successful.


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mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello John. I think that went very well. With all the different contributors it could have gone in many directions. Let me wish a 'well done' and congratulations to all.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Stank you Mike, everyone did a great job.


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Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

Your collection of poets here had a synergistic effect on one another, making the whole greater than the sum of the parts. Great job all, and I love that interesting info on Monet's farm too.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I totally agree Mel, the whole poem is much greater than the individual parts. I wa very pleased with the end result. Glad you found the other information interesting too.


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Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

what a fantastic gathering of words to help center this master piece.. voted creative and awesome


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sujaya venkatesh 13 months ago

converging of a good collection Jo


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Frank, yes the contribution were great and it all came together well.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Sujaya, yes I was more than happy with the collection of stanzas ad the finished product. Thank you for reading ad commenting.


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This is quite a remarkable piece of work, put together and weaved in kind by so many.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Deb. it was an enjoyable and successful project I think.


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Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

Oh, meant to add that your choice of video of Monet in motion is breathtakingly beautiful too.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Theresa :)


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Vellur 13 months ago from Dubai

Enjoyed reading, great challenge. Nicely put together, voted up.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Vellur, thank you for reading this and glad you found it enjoyable.


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DREAM ON 13 months ago

A fine job with an eye for detail. Your hub is truly a Masterpiece. All the poets sharing their talent.You expressed such beauty.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Dream On, thanks for calling by to read this hub. I was more than happy by the great poetic contributions to make this poem a success. Did you read the first part where I issued the challenge? Thanks for your kind comment too.


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FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

This was a beautiful collective job and so creative. Giverny is a lovely setting and I can appreciate what inspied Monet so. Interesting that even Banksy made his way into the poem!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed this collective work Flourish. Yes Giverny is such an inspirational setting, and I was surprised but pleased that Banksy was even introduced. Thanks for the kind comment.


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sujaya venkatesh 12 months ago

a beautiful poem accompanied by beautiful pics


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bdegiulio 11 months ago from Massachusetts

John, all I can say is wow. What a wonderful collection from some very talented writers. A very nice touch adding Monet's history in Giverny and some wonderful photos. I especially like that last one of Monet on the Japanese Bridge in his water garden.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Oh thanks Bill. This took quite a bit of work, but it was worth it. Oh I added the link to your hub on the 1st part, but I can put it here as well.


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DaveOnline 6 months ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

An awesome collaborative poem from various poets and a great tribute to artist Claude Monet whose life and works I imagine is the inspiration behind this hub. Thanks for putting this insightful poem together John.


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Jodah 6 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes, Dave, Monets works were the inspiration for this collaborative effort. Thanks for the great comment.

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    John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.



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