Franklin

Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures.

Author/Creator:
Barkan, Leonard.
Publication:
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2012.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (142 pages)
Series:
Essays in the Arts Ser.
Essays in the Arts Ser.
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Subjects:
Art and literature.
Visual communication.
Written communication.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
Why do painters sometimes wish they were poets--and why do poets sometimes wish they were painters? What happens when Rembrandt spells out Hebrew in the sky or Poussin spells out Latin on a tombstone? What happens when Virgil, Ovid, or Shakespeare suspend their plots to describe a fictitious painting? In Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures, Leonard Barkan explores such questions as he examines the deliciously ambiguous history of the relationship between words and pictures, focusing on the period from antiquity to the Renaissance but offering insights that also have much to say about modern art and literature. The idea that a poem is like a picture has been a commonplace since at least ancient Greece, and writers and artists have frequently discussed poetry by discussing painting, and vice versa, but their efforts raise more questions than they answer. From Plutarch ("painting is mute poetry, poetry a speaking picture") to Horace ("as a picture, so a poem"), apparent clarity quickly leads to confusion about, for example, what qualities of pictures are being urged upon poets or how pictorial properties can be converted into poetical ones. The history of comparing and contrasting painting and poetry turns out to be partly a story of attempts to promote one medium at the expense of the other. At the same time, analogies between word and image have enabled writers and painters to think about and practice their craft. Ultimately, Barkan argues, this dialogue is an expression of desire: the painter longs for the rich signification of language while the poet yearns for the direct sensuousness of painting.
Contents:
Intro
Title
Copyright
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
One: Visible and Invisible
Two: Apples and Oranges
Three: Desire and Loss
Four: The Theater as a Visual Art
Afterword
On Sources and Further Readings
Primary Sources: Works Consulted and Works Cited
Further Readings in Words and Images
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Barkan, Leonard Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures
ISBN:
9781400844784
9780691141831
OCLC:
818734317