Poetry Terms -
E. This is a comprehensive resource of poetry terms beginning with the letter
An Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis) is a poem written about another form of art. Ecphrasis has been considered generally to be a rhetorical device in which one medium of art tries to relate to another medium by defining and describing its essence and form, and in doing so, relate more directly to "you", the audience through its illuminative liveliness. A descriptive work of prose or one of poetry, a film, or even a photograph may thus highlight through its rhetorical vividness what is happening, or what is shown in, say, any of the visual arts, and in doing so, may enhance the original art and so take on a life of its own through its brilliant description. One example is a painting of a sculpture: the painting is "telling the story of" the sculpture, and so becoming a storyteller, as well as a story (work of art) itself. Virtually any type of artistic media may be the actor of, or subject of Ecphrasis, with some exceptions. One cannot make an accurate sculpture of a book to enhance the artistic impact of the book itself. One could, however, describe a sculpture in a book with successful synergy.