Lady Agnew

Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent, via Wikimedia Commons




a cool grace

plus inner strength

no pushover here

daring them to challenge

a display of fortitude

questions victorian mores

confronting men with quiet resolve

a feminist before there was a name


This week I was inspired by the painting of Lady Agnew and Diana’s wonderful example of a stacked etheree; Never Prim. I wrote a single etheree for Coleen Cheeseboro’s weekly poetry challenge. An etheree poem consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 syllables.

The prompt is to write an Ekphrastic poem, which is poetry written in response to art or an image. The painting of Lady Agnew by John Singer Sargent radiates a strong persona to me so it was an easy challenge. Lady Agnew can be my muse anytime!

#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge No. 308


61 thoughts on “Lady Agnew

  1. Fabulous, Brad. I just adore that last line and how it sums up your poem and the painting. I’m so glad you were inspired, and I hope you take up more of Colleen’s ekphrastic poem challenges. It’s great fun to look at artwork in a new way. Bravo!

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  2. Its a beautiful and inspiring poem. I love the way you captured Lady Agnew’s strength and fortitude in your etheree poem. It’s amazing how she defied Victorian mores and challenged men with her quiet resolve, paving the way for feminists before the term was even coined.

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  3. This post both educates AND uplifts! I had no idea what an Ekphrastic poem was until I read your poem. The best part is that it underscores how inspiration is everywhere. Personally, I have to contain myself sometimes because so much inspires my creativity in this world. And if I didn’t have a 9-5 job as a professor, I would find myself at the foot of paintings and sculptures everywhere sketching out what I see. 🙏☀️ Thank you Brad. I love what you see in Lady Agnew. It’s what all of us see in YOU #innerstrength #resolve and bravery.

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  4. What a creative way to begin Women’s History Month 😉 This type of poem is quite interesting. Was it difficult to create? I only ask because I sat here for a moment attempting to put one together and found that it’s not that easy.

    (Ignore my arrogance in thinking I can pen a poem in two minutes lol)

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