Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday's learn and earn...


ekphrasis  \EK-fruh-sis\ ~ noun

DEFINITION: a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art

EXAMPLES: As an assignment for her Rhetoric & Composition class, Samantha wrote an ekphrasis on the theme of emotional isolation in the paintings of Edward Hopper.

"As a genre, ekphrasis attempts to describe the painted image of Medusa, to put the other that Medusa is into words. Starting from Shelley’s poem, Mitchell proposes that ekphrasis is at once a minor and obscure genre (through which images are rendered verbally) and the principle of poetic art: poetry makes us ‘see’ literary images." -- From Anca Parvulescu's 2010 book Laughter: Notes on a Passion

DID YOU KNOW? Although "ekphrasis" (also spelled "ecphrasis") is a relatively new entry in the dictionary, the practice of using words to comment on a piece of visual art is an ancient one. One of the earliest and most commonly cited forms of ekphrasis occurs in The Iliad, when Homer provides a long and discursive account of the elaborate scenes embossed on the shield of Achilles. It should be no surprise, then, that the term "ekphrasis" derives from Greek, where it literally means "description" and was formed by combining the prefix "ex-" ("out") with the verb "phrazein" ("to point out or explain"). "Ekphrasis" first appeared in English in the early 18th century.


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Have a fantastic mid-week everyone!



  1. I just bought 2 bottles of Aveeno foaming facial wash...1 for me and 1 for Jade. I also told Bernie that this is a great face wash and she bought some yesterday. Funny that you blog about it today.

  2. Aveeno is wonderful stuff! Wish I kept the receipts to the last items purchased.

    Interesting info on ekphrasis. Learn something new everyday. Ha, word check has it underlined. Guess I have to add it to the dictionary.

  3. I agree with what Jen said. I just bought mine yesterday. I should send her my receipt so she can do this. There are two people there who can use it.


I love to read your comments, but due to spamming I have had to turn on the word verification again. Sorry for the extra step.