Resist Against Resistance: A Poem

Resist Against Resistance: A Poem

It's time to resist rather than give in to the ways of self-sabotage.

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Ah, Resistance.

You sure do get around.

You'll do whatever it takes to keep the artist from making art.


The painter from painting, the writer from writing,

The entrepreneur from entrepreneur-ing…

From doing whatever they were born to do,

Whatever they were meant to do.


You'll take on many forms of self-sabotage:

Procrastination, distraction, addiction…

Even depression.

All just to make sure that we can't work,

That we can't fulfill what we as artists were destined to fulfill.


A lot of you derives from fear,

And who here hasn't experienced fear?

We all have!

Yet you fear that if we don't do your bidding,

You'll be long forgotten when we succeed.

You and your creator as well as your, and our, well-known pal Ego:

Our familiar friend who tells us what we need to do rather than what we were designed to do.


It's time to let our Selves decide, to let the spheres of our souls take control again.

It's time to resist rather than give in to the ways of self-sabotage.


To hell with you, Resistance!

You're not the boss of me or my work.

Only I am the boss of my work.

No one else.

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A Revival: Greek And Roman Impact On The Renaissance

How Renaissance artists departed from the Gothic style
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Just as the Romans were often known as Greek imitators, the artists of the Renaissance took a big interest in ancient Greek and Roman art. Therefore, the Renaissance came to be known as an era of revival, one in which the influence of Greek and Roman art was seen in both art and architecture. Pieces such as the Palazzo Rucellai, David, and Birth of Venus are all noted for being composed of both Greek and Roman elements and styles.

The Palazzo Rucellai stands as a landmark Renaissance palace, designed in 1446 by well-known Italian architects Leon Battista Alberti and Bernardo Rossellino. The humanistic influence of the 15th century is noted in its composition, but most importantly, the structural elements of ancient Rome are incorporated within the structure. The Roman-like arches, pilasters, and entablatures give the impression of strength. The pilasters are composed of Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders which are reminiscent of the Colosseum. Just as the pilasters of the Colosseum are used for a decorative purpose, the ones of the Palazzo Rucellai also depart from simply providing structural support.

The David sculpture was created by the notorious Donatello. Donatello was known for his studies of Greek and Roman art, which allowed for him to make a connection between the classical world and the Renaissance. The Greek formula for contrapposto is noted in this sculpture, as his weight appears to be mostly on the right foot while the left leg seems to be more relaxed. The Greek influence is also demonstrated as David is fully nude, which departs from the clothed Biblical figures of the Gothic era and instead resonates Greek conventions. Just as the Greek Kritios Boy is described as “the first beautiful nude in art,” the bronze David was the first freestanding nude of the Renaissance.

The Birth of Venus, created by Sandro Botticelli, also appears to carry Greek and Roman influences into the Renaissance era in which it was constructed. Just like the Roman marble Aphrodite of Menophantos, the Birth of Venus employs the Capitoline Venus pose in which Venus covers her breasts with her right arm and her groin with her left arm. An obvious allusion to Roman art is the use of the Roman goddess Venus as the subject of the painting. The use of classical subject matter is strategical as it appeals to the rich Florentines who patronized such pieces.

The Renaissance is known as the “rebirth” or “revival” of Greek and Roman styles and conventions. Such Greek and Roman influences are well noted in the Italian-made pieces such as The Palazzo Rucellai, which can be compared to the Colosseum, David, which can be compared to the Kritios Boy, and The Birth of Venus, which can be compared to the Aphrodite of Menophantos. It is this revival that is credited with helping European artists and architects depart from Gothic styles, among others, while bringing back notorious Greek and Roman ones.

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Let Me Explain: A Poem

A halo over my horns, my heart is on strings.

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It's hard to explain

But I'll try

I'm so grateful that you're mine

A twin flame

Before you, it was always the same

Men trying to tell me "don't fly"

But I'm a demon with angels wings

A halo over my horns

My heart is on strings

But I want you to unravel it


Is this love?

The word that scares me the most

Ever since people have taken

Advantage of my kindness

And used it to hurt me

Manipulate me

Make even my waking life a complete hell

But I want you

In the worst kind of way

You're tattooed onto me

Like my fondest memory

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