11 November 2010

Poetry and images are a natural pair. As simple words are combined to create poignant verbal imagery, our minds absorb the phrases trying to bring them to life - to attach a picture to the words. Adding graphics to the page both helps the reader better understand the poet's meaning and turns the page into a work of art.


Look at this poem with and without the photograph. This 10 year-old boy wrote it for his new cousin's christening. The poem is heartfelt and touching; the colorful words are playful and happy, but the poem truly comes to life when her image is placed behind them. As the reader sees Jillian and then reads about her they can better relate to the love that Colin is feeling for this special little girl.