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If poetry is presented to you over an image are you more likely to read it? 

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33 deviants said No
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23 deviants said Yes
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10 deviants said I cannot answer polls because they make me itch

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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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ActsofArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Nods. I agree. If its over an image it should be considered hangable art, or it shouldnt be on an art site? I dont know its so confusing!
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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is. Maybe we should fire it! Can we fire things just for being confusing? :D
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Fuck yes.
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HadrianR Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Generally don't read poetry, so if there is a photo with it there's a chance I might read it to see how the photo and the poem work together...but even then I mostly don't get it anyway.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
:nod:
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Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can not answer polls because they make me itch if I can't find the right option for me. ;P

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.
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Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
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.
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infinitexxx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well, for me, sometimes yes.

i sometimes add pictures to my poetry as a test. xD really the title can grab attention as well! <3
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Good to know, thanks!
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XxXXzZ Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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...
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
:nod: That's good to know
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Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
:nod:

This wasn't about my own work necessarily, I was more curious.
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Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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!
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
No worries! It was a general poll but some people seemed to think I was asking whether I should add images or not so I was just reassuring people that that wasnt my intention. :giggle:
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poetryfreak15 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Poetry is poetry. While Ido admit, sometimes a picture may help get your meaning across or it might just go nicely with the poem, I'll just as hapilly read a poem without a picture verses one with.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
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.
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poetryfreak15 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I agree on that point.
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FoxofEbony Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I believe that if a poem is well written it shouldn't need a preview picture to get people to read it.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
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
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FoxofEbony Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
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.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
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..
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FoxofEbony Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
As much as I hate to admit it I think your right though I do wish people would read literature without needing pictures to draw them in :(
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
One day.
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FoxofEbony Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
yeah :/
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
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.
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Nods. Hmm.
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DaPineapple Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Depends on the imagery used; if the image was well thought out and pertains to the poem, then yes.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
:nod: I'm asking more about what draws people to open a deviation to full view.
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DaPineapple Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Mmh, fair enough. For me, it has to catch my eye and hold my interest. Oddly enough, that's why I don't really read much lit on dA. It never catches my eye.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Nods thoughtfully.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must admit, I'm sooooooooooo lazy to read! :facepalm: :tears: ... maybe on an image it will be psychologically better for people like me :giggle: :ashamed:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Giggles. Honesty is the best policy!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:tighthug:
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I feel that there should be one more option: "Maybe".

The problem I feel is... people do not choose their imagery properly... hence the poem isn't given the attention or the consideration it deserves.

Which is something that even I make mistakes with.
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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This.
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Nods, thats true.
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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EclecticQuill Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Writer
I'm a little indifferent... I'm generally not more inclined to read something just because it's over an image, but occasionally I do read something simply because the image caught my attention.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Nods, I'm just curious. A lot of the popular literature I've seen when browsing tends to have a preview picture.
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EclecticQuill Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Writer
I've used preview images a few times; but as a writer, I prefer them to be an emphasis to the writer, rather than the other way round. Either way though, it can be an effective device, if used well.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
nods, I agree.
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Tenshi--Hikari Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
honestly, it all depends on the title of the poem, for me : )
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Good to know! Is it something intriguing you look for, enigmatic, odd, or something else?
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