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Ravishing Images: Ekphrasis In The Poetry And Prose Of William Wordsworth, W. H. Auden, And Philip Larkin Katy Aisenberg

Ravishing Images: Ekphrasis In The Poetry And Prose Of William Wordsworth, W. H. Auden, And Philip Larkin

Katy Aisenberg

Published June 1st 1995
ISBN : 9780820420318
Hardcover
206 pages
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This major study of Wordsworth, Auden, and Larkin proposes that we read the history of contemporary poetry as the history of a war between words and images. This book argues that the desire for transparent clear poetry, in the 19th and 20thMoreThis major study of Wordsworth, Auden, and Larkin proposes that we read the history of contemporary poetry as the history of a war between words and images. This book argues that the desire for transparent clear poetry, in the 19th and 20th centuries, led poets to try to appropriate the powers of the image: the main trope they used was ekphrasis, a written description of a work of art. But the relationship between the arts was less a marriage than a rape. These poets feared the wordless power of the other they described. They narcissistically created these images with the rhetoric of possession, domination, violence, or entombment.