Ekphrastic

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The Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin

Would this work when Louise is describing the spring scene outside the window or would that be another example of a literary device as the window beign described is not a piece of art."There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.

She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.

There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled one above the other in the west facing her window."

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 21:30
Oliver Twist?

Would this apply to the part in Oliver Twist when Oliver looks at the painting?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 18:03
Not my best side

"Not my best side" is a perfect and humorous example of Ekphrastic

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 02:01
Re: the Grapes of Wrath

Does the term "ekphrastic" need to apply to one form, usually poetry, enlarging on or developing the theme or content of another art form? Then, is Grapes of Wrath, the book, referring to the song or poem, from the Old Testament? Or is it referring to photographs of the time?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:51
my last duchess

My last duchess by Browning is also an Ekphrastic one.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/03/2015 - 22:51
Ode on a Grecian Urn

famous example

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 09:40
Grapes of Wrath

I feel like that work would work well with this literary device. We can see Steinbeck's use of this when he describes the forlorn landscape.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/12/2012 - 05:16

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