In October 2015, Professor of English, Nicholas Jones asked students in his English Renaissance Poetry (ENGL 313) to write texts linking short selections from poems in the course anthology with paintings in the Allen’s Willard-Newell Gallery. He assigned the paintings; the students selected the poems. In fewer than 250 words, the students contextualizd lines in the poems and indicated how they saw a connection between these and the painting. Because of space limitation, only six of these are reproduced here (two responses to each of three paintings), but even in this selection, one can see a broad range of ideas about how paintings and poems can speak to each other. Prof. Jones has provided edits to the students’ responses for clarity and continuity.

Submitted by: Oberlin College

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