Museum of Words

Author: James A. W. Heffernan

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226323145

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 249

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Ekphrasis is the art of describing works of art, the verbal representation of visual representation. Profoundly ambivalent, ekphrastic poetry celebrates the power of the silent image even as it tries to circumscribe that power with the authority of the word. Over the ages its practitioners have created a museum of words about real and imaginary paintings and sculptures. In the first book ever to explore this museum, James Heffernan argues that ekphrasis stages a battle for mastery between the image and the word. Moving from the epics of Homer, Virgil, and Dante to contemporary American poetry, this book treats the history of struggle between rival systems of representation. Readable and well illustrated, this study of how poets have represented painting and sculpture is a major contribution to our understanding of the relation between the arts.

Poetry in the Museums of Modernism

Author: Catherine E. Paul,Professor of Modernism Catherine E Paul

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472112647

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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How modernist writers experienced the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Museum of Natural History-and how these museums influenced their writing

Poets on Paintings

Author: Robert D. Denham

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786456582

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 341

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Ekphrasis, the description of pictorial art in words, is the subject of this bibliography. More specifically, some 2500 poems on paintings are catalogued, by type of publication in which they appear and by poet. Also included are 2000 entries on the secondary literature of ekphrasis, including works on sculpture, music, photography, film, and mixed media.