Creating Art from Inspiration: A Reflection on Poetry, Music, and Dance

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This week you will use your readings from the past week as a point of departure to create your own artistic production and a reflection paper.
Part 1: Art Creation
Select a poem, musical piece, or dance piece to use as a point of inspiration. Create a work of poetry, lyrics, music, or dance, inspired by your selected art piece. Video or audio recordings should be no longer than 5 minutes and must be in MP4 format.
Note: If your art creation requires a separate file submission, please submit in the Art Creation Submission (Recordings) area following this assignment.
Part 2: Reflection
Write a reflection about the relationship between your art production and the inspiration piece. Include the following in the reflection paper:
Introduction Inspiration Piece
Include the inspiration poem, lyrics, or recording of musical or dance piece within the document. Use a link in the case of a recording.
Record the title, artist/author/composer, year, and place of origin. Briefly explain the background of the inspiration piece.
Your Art Piece
Include your original poem or lyrics within the document. If you selected a musical or dance piece, submit as a separate file in the Art Creation Submission (Recordings) area following this assignment.
Provide a title.
Explain the background of your piece. Connection
Explain the thematic connection between the two pieces. How are they similar and different?
Are they the same medium? How does the medium impact what the viewer experiences? Original Artwork Requirements


For this assignment, I selected a poem by Maya Angelou titled “Still I Rise” as my point of inspiration. This poem has always resonated with me, and I wanted to create a piece of art that reflected the powerful and empowering message of the poem.

Part 1: Art Creation Using “Still I Rise” as my inspiration, I wrote a song with lyrics that echoed the poem’s themes of resilience, strength, and perseverance. I titled the song “Rise Up” and recorded a 5-minute MP4 audio file.

Part 2: Reflection My inspiration piece, “Still I Rise,” was written by Maya Angelou in 1978 and is a powerful poem about overcoming adversity and finding the strength to rise above it. It has become a timeless work of art that inspires and empowers people all over the world.

In my own piece, “Rise Up,” I wanted to capture the same sense of resilience and strength that Angelou conveys in her poem. My lyrics speak to the struggles we all face in life and encourage the listener to keep pushing forward and rising up, no matter what obstacles may come their way.

Although “Still I Rise” is a poem and “Rise Up” is a song, both pieces use language and rhythm to convey their message. They both speak to the human experience of facing adversity and finding the strength to overcome it. The medium of music, however, adds an additional layer of emotional depth and allows the listener to feel the power of the words in a visceral way.

Overall, this assignment allowed me to explore the relationship between art and inspiration and to create a piece of art that spoke to me on a personal level. Through my reflection, I was able to appreciate the power of language and music to inspire and uplift, and I hope that my own piece can do the same for others.

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