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Art Nouveau

A poem by Beverly Stock.

Artistic barometer of a new democratic society

Social consciousness fuses with Folk art,

Celtic design and bits of Baroque

Anthesis with new industrial wealth.


No longer soaring rib-vault Gothic anatomy,

Art emerges graced with exuberant

Twists and meandering stem structures

Blossoms, only emerging buds.


Symbolizing purity and promise? Perhaps.

"Not art In the service of the people.

Art being done for its own sake."

Dissenters outraged by expressive style.


Casting furnaces melting iron into

Organic curves of lilies, swans and peacocks

Stylized art inspired by trade with the East,

Fueled by industrial prosperity.


The swirling plant-like Metro Gates

in Paris are witness to Art

"in the service of the people"

Sinuously curved iron inspiring travelers.



Beverly rarely writes in free verse. She promises not to try it too often.

Beverly Stock is an American poet living in St. Louis. Her work has been published on ClassicalPoets.org, at theChainedMuse.com, and on the Webzine Lighten Up Online.

Art Nouveau

© 2018 Beverly Stock


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