#knitsonikpomegranates – what about poetry?

I went looking online for poems relating to pomegranates. I found these:

Eavan Bowland 1944 The Pomegranate

DH Lawrence Pomegranate in Birds, Beast and Flowers, published in 1923.

Cathy Linh Che Pomegranate (audio version here) Originally published in Split (Alice James Books, 2014)

And then I found this compilation, and then there are these too, and these. I am sure there are many more, but for now this will spike my interest enough for some sketching to start next.

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#knitsonikpomegranates Investigating symbolism

Just jotting down some notes here on the varied symbolisms attached to pomegranates.

prosperity. ambition

the fruit of the dead – see Rossetti’s painting Persephona

related to the concepts of the earth goddess

calyx shared like a crown – is this where the idea for the crown came from?

abundance, fertility and good luck

used in celebrations of death, weddings, at New Year in Greece

fruitfulness

love

prosperity

The Tamil name maadulampazham is a metaphor for a woman’s mind. It is derived from, maadhu=woman, ullam=mind, which means as the seeds are hidden, it is not easy to decipher a woman’s mind

progeny, fecundity

resurrection and everlasting life

appears in traditions and religions the world over

the indissolubility of marriage

in season september to february which coincides with jumper wearing season in the northern hemisphere

native to iran and north east turkey

both sweet and sour

used in both sweet and savoury dishes – extensively used in cookery

Botticelli and Da Vinci both used them symbolically in paintings

Paul Cezanne’s “Ginger Pot With Pomegranates and Pears” and Pablo Picasso’s “La Grenade”

forbidden fruit

Pomegranate mood board and initial thoughts

I started this challenge by creating a Pinterest board to collect together the pictures I found which were Creative Commons licensed and which seemed to capture to me the visceral nature of the weird pomegranate.

This fruit is strange, and has an almost animalistic alien quality to it, which I wanted to find in photos other people have taken. Pomegranates are rich, sensual, rhythmic, patterned. They are voluptuous, dripping, sweet, and sticky. The best way to loosen the seeds is the cut the fruit in two and slap it with a wooden spoon. The seeds then fall, along with the bright red juice.

When I was a child my mother used to give us a pin to pick the seeds with.

Blood and pins. The colours are rich and gothic, they remind me of rich velvets and silks, of Hammer films, of delving into creamy flesh to reveal dripping swollen seeds of blood red.

Here is the board I have put together so far….

Follow Suzanne’s board #knitsonikpomegranates on Pinterest.