Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Poems Inspired by Visual Art
Ekphrasis, the verbal response to visual art, has a long history with such diverse poets as Auden, Stephen Dobyns, Seamus Heaney, Lisel Mueller, Richard Wilbur, William Carlos Williams, and countless others who turned their attention to writing ekphrastic poems. Rita Dove and Ted Hughes devoted entire books to ekphrasis. How do we paint poems with the same energy and spirit that inhabit works of art? How do we capture and extend meaning from one art form to another? These are some of the questions we will seek to answer in a class devoted to writing our own poems inspired by visual art. In-class writing, assignments, and critique each class. Intermediate and advanced writers.
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