While Pollock’s influence seems evident in Dr. Seuss’s Worm painting, the two artists parted ways not only in Seuss’s incorporation of a character-driven element (a familiar and whimsical hallmark of most of his paintings) but also in his naming of the works. Pollock stopped naming his drip paintings, opting to simply number them. He wanted people to look at his work for what it was—pure painting, whereas Dr. Seuss couldn’t—and wouldn’t—resist telling a story with his titles.
The title, Worm Burning Bright in the Forest in the Night, echoes the lyrical qualities of Dr. Seuss's signature writing style. The artwork itself, painted in oil on illustration board, juxtaposes a self-illuminating central character with an abstractly "dripping" forest.