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Ekphrasis Poems

Read wonderful ekphrasis poetry on the following sub-topics: art, love, monoku, nature, people and more. Read a definition and example (where appropriate).

Note: The forms for these poems were selected by the poet. Often poems are assigned the wrong form. Please confirm the accuracy of the poetic form before referencing the poem.



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PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
Premium Member Poem PICTURES PERPETUUM Brian Strand Ekphrasis art,
Premium Member Poem FP CONCEPT OF LIVES Brian Strand Ekphrasis poems,
BEHOLDING THE CRUCIFIED SAVIOUR Beata Agustin Ekphrasis appreciation, christian, devotion, faith,
Premium Member Poem Girl with a Black Eye Janice Canerdy Ekphrasis art,
Premium Member Poem The Starry Night Tony Kirk Ekphrasis art, night, planet, stars,
Premium Member Poem Portrait of Mrs Richard Yates Maurice Rigoler Ekphrasis art,
Premium Member Poem PATERSON an allegory Brian Strand Ekphrasis poems,
Premium Member Poem A Relief Hercules and the Cretan Bull Maurice Rigoler Ekphrasis art, mythology,
Premium Member Poem A CAPTURED MOMENT Brian Strand Ekphrasis art,
Premium Member Poem Wings arthur vaso Ekphrasis animal, art, butterfly, friendship,
Premium Member Poem Ultramarine Bernard Chan Ekphrasis art, beauty, blue, color,
Premium Member Poem MONOKU EKPHRASIS 50 Brian Strand Ekphrasis art, people,
Premium Member Poem VISUAL ART nette onclaud Ekphrasis art, color,
Up Against Grass Susan Zinn Ekphrasis inspiration,
Premium Member Poem Sahara Moon Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis color, imagery,
Premium Member Poem IN A WORD a happening Brian Strand Ekphrasis poets,
Premium Member Poem Cherry Blossoms Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis color, imagery, spring,
Premium Member Poem Hickory Sunrise Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis autumn, childhood, imagery, nostalgia,
Premium Member Poem Midnight Mosque Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis color, imagery, night,
Premium Member Poem And For A Moment I Take Your Hand Rick Parise Ekphrasis art, beauty, inspirational, longing,
Premium Member Poem Lilac Dusk Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis color, imagery, winter,
Premium Member Poem Wedding Celebration Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis color, imagery, nature, rain,
Premium Member Poem Lemon Afternoon Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis color, imagery, sunset,
Premium Member Poem Winter's Pewter Ghost Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis color, imagery, moon, winter,
Premium Member Poem The Sea's Coy Lover Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis beach, color, imagery, sea,
Premium Member Poem Desert Paint Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis color, imagery, rain,
Premium Member Poem The Orchid Moon and I Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis color, imagery, moon, night,
Premium Member Poem Bronze Oceans Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis boat, color, ocean,
Premium Member Poem Parthenon at Midnight Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis moon, myth, night,
Premium Member Poem Bird of Prey Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis bird, imagery,
Premium Member Poem Desert Gloaming Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis nature, sunset,
Premium Member Poem Imperial City Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis city, imagery, rain,
Premium Member Poem A Flock of Crows Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis bird, nature, sun,
Premium Member Poem An Umber Fisherman Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis color, imagery, nature,
Premium Member Poem Absinthe Leaves Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis autumn, imagery, sky, tree,
Passionate color Alexandria Lindsley Ekphrasis 11th grade, 12th grade,
Premium Member Poem Sistine Canopy Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis autumn, imagery,
Canabils and the Antidote Allan Terry Ekphrasis appreciation, art, betrayal, bullying,
Premium Member Poem She Weeps for Summer Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis autumn, imagery, summer,
Premium Member Poem The Dragonfly Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis imagery, insect,
Premium Member Poem July's Sticky Air Dale Gregory Cozart Ekphrasis imagery, summer,
Premium Member Poem MONOKU EKPHRASIS 49 Brian Strand Ekphrasis art,
Premium Member Poem MONKU EKPHRASIS 48 Brian Strand Ekphrasis poetry, poets,
Premium Member Poem MONOKU EKPHRASIS 47 Brian Strand Ekphrasis poetry, space,
Premium Member Poem MONKU EKPHRASIS 46 Brian Strand Ekphrasis music,
Premium Member Poem MONOKU EKPHRASIS 45 Brian Strand Ekphrasis art,
Premium Member Poem MONOKU EKPHRASIS 44 Brian Strand Ekphrasis art,
Premium Member Poem MONOKU EKPHRASIS 43 Brian Strand Ekphrasis art,
Premium Member Poem MONOKU EKPHRASIS 42 Brian Strand Ekphrasis art,
Premium Member Poem MONOKU EKPHRASIS 41 Brian Strand Ekphrasis poetry,

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Ekphrasis Poems. Examples of Ekphrastic and a list of poems in the correct poetic form and technique. Share and read Ekphrasis poetry while accessing rules, topics, ideas, and a comprehensive literary definition of an Ekphrasis.

Brief Definition

An ekphrasis is a type of poem that vividly describes a scene, most commonly depicted in a work of art. The poem is meant to narrate as well as educate about the moral, creative, and artistic elements displayed in the scene.

The ekphrasis style of poetry originated in Ancient Greece, and was used mainly as an exercise to challenge the poet to describe any and all works of art. Ekphrasis poems were used in the Plato era to create a sense of wonder and dramatism in its descriptions.

An ekphrasis poem has no strict form or rules, and it can be as poetic or as prose-like as the author wishes. It can be a long or short description, and it can contain many details. Some famous examples of ekphrasis poems are written in stanzas, while others appear as long paragraphs. These descriptions are often found underneath works of art at a gallery, or in historical textbooks. 

Ekphrasis Poem Example

Plato and Socrates

Dramatic prose for the pompous asses
I throw my Platos at you
If you come any closer
I will Socrates you right in the nose
Demands, demands!!!! The clowns now have demands?
I say, rise up oh poets of the infinite dot universe
Proclaim the revolution a new
Justify our fight with words wrapped in doo doo
When I see a condescending donkey trip on his verbatim
I laughs cause I know he will fall into Satan's den
I am at eleven, usually a sober man
I carry my saber high and shout "Ekphrasis I don’t give a bloody damn"
Infinite ............................ Universe

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