To be honest, images presented with poetry tend to make me LESS likely to read the poem. That said, I have combined a few poems with photographs, and I have a friend who incorporates my poetry into her artwork.
I think for poetry itself, it depends what you see as your end goal with the poem. Poems that are written over the top of an image should really, to my thoughts, be the sort of thing you would be willing to hang on the wall.
I can not answer polls because they make me itch if I can't find the right option for me.
Pictures often really do attract more attention as they can be perceived extremely fast, almost without thinking. That is kind of hard wired into our brains, probably because in ancient times, a tiger you actually see has always been much more dangerous than a poem about it. But I think it depends on the poem and the picture. They have to resonate and increase each other's meaning. A bit like it does not make sense to put just any sculpture beside a picture in an exhibition. You would choose a sculpture that fits.
Do not just add any picture to a poem (or vice versa), that will hurt both artworks. Only combine them if they really fit, where maybe even made for each other. Some poems might be so stark in their meaning, that a picture fitting to it would be too much to bear. Some poems just need the space to unfold their full meaning. They can go much deeper. You have to decide for each separate artwork if they fit or not. If you are not sure you can still add a link to both of them.
Well if you ever feel like trying it out, you could ask others to aid you. If you feel you got a poem that needs visual support, why not make it a competition? It might also be interesting how others interpret your poem in visual form.
The poll wasn't for my personal decision making. I was just curious. I find it interesting. Obviously a part of me is interested in providing as big an audience for my poetry as possible, but I'm just not very good at visual art. haha. But the poll question was mostly curiosity.
Hm, I usually stumble across poetry when I look through the art here in general. I don't always pay attention to the category, so there's a chance that I might not even realize that the deviation is poetry if there is an image with it. Unless the image is the title or something like that...
I answered YES but I will say this-there have been many, MANY times where at first I found the picture interesting...yet after reading the poetry that csme with it I really disliked the photo/painting.
Make sure the poetry is good and is relevant. If you aren't sure about either of those things then post them separately.
Oh good gods! I would never presume to tell you how to work! I was answering in "general" because I keep running into art pieces that the artists are pairing with poetry-sometimes below it, sometimes on it-and I've ended up really hating the art work by the time I'm done-when I liked it originally.
I thought it was a general poll, and answered that way. Yikes!
Nods.. I personally feel that you should be able to convey your meaning fully without a visual aid, but I know it draws in attention for a lot of writers on DA and it made me curious. Obviously like anyone I want as big an audience for my work as possible, but I'm reluctant to add pictures randomly.
I agree, but nonetheless poems with pictures seem to get more attention with people who aren't already a part of the lit community. I wonder if this is a way we can hook people in, and I hope that some non-lit peeps might add their thoughts
You have a point there.I suppose for those who aren't into lit it can be difficult to visualise what the writter is showing you with their words so the picture helps but I'm sure after a while people will begin to understand what the words are telling them and no longer need a picture in order to feel the true affect of the words.
Noo I'm not talking about the image and the poem going together. I'm talking about if people see an image in their inbox with text over it, I think they are more likely to click to see what it is than if it is a text deviation..
NOT more likely to read it; it makes no difference. Like a 6 wor story of mine... "Writers paint pictures that painters cant" meaning I see works as a better form of expression. Also rarely do pictures compliment a title so well that it makes one read them.
I agree with that, I believe a well written poem shouldnt need visual aids to make its meaning clear, but I'm interested in whether having 'preview images' draws people to open the deviation in the first place more often.
I actually have seen that happen in the past. People attracted to preview images but perhaps it was due to the preview image and the image not distinguishable due to the way the thumb was displayed. I myself have used preview images at times and I see that people are attracted. My work with the most views is my first proper poem like... that I wrote like ever and while I personally like it a lot, I think there are better works/titles in my collection.