The painting above is also found in Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World, edited by Jan Greenberg [808.81 SID]. The poem, "Turner to His Critic," by Grace Nichols, is written in the voice of the painter in response to one of the many critics of his work.
Turner to His Critic
Soapsuds and whitewash, Critic?
Man, don't make me livid.
I was tied in a snowstorm
To the mast of a ship.
Do you have the foggiest of it?
Do you know what it is to be buffeted?
The buzzard of a blizzard
And the waves churning over me
The wildness of the whirlwind
The horses foaming at my feet
Why, even the sea can see through
That this work is a masterpiece.
Soapsuds and whitewash indeed!
If I had my way, you, Sir, would be
Soap-sudded to the bottom of the sea.
Turner was nothing if not passionate about his painting, and, his critics. If you're not familiar with his work, please visit The Athenaeum where you'll find more than a thousand paintings and drawings.
Visit Violet Nesdoly/Poems for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.