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Museum of Words: The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery

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As ancient as Homer's lines on the shield of Achilles and as recent as John Ashbery's "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, " ekphrasis is the art of describing works of art, the verbal representation of visual representation. 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. Profoundly ambivalent, ekphrastic poetry ...

Museum of Words: The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery 2004, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226323145

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Museum of Words: The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery 1994, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226323138

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