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Ravishing images : ekphrasis in the poetry and prose of William Wordsworth, W.H. Auden, and Philip Larkin / Katy Aisenberg.

Author/creator Aisenberg, Katy, 1961-
Format Book and Print
Publication InfoNew York : P. Lang, ©1995.
Descriptionviii, 206 pages ; 24 cm.
Supplemental Content Table of contents
Series American university studies. Series IV, English language and literature, 0741-0700 ; v. 158
American university studies. Series IV, English language and literature ; v. 158. ^A194807
Contents Ch. 1. The Rhetoric of Transparency: The Poetry and Prose of W.H. Auden -- Ch. 2. The Tyranny of the Eye: The Poetry and Prose of William Wordsworth -- Ch. 3. The Open Coffin: The Poetry and Prose of Philip Larkin.
Abstract 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 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.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 199-206).
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
LCCN 93035582
ISBN0820420328 (alk. paper)
ISBN9780820420325 (alk. paper)

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