Ekphrasis as Art Criticism

Ekphrasis is the poetic use of words to describe other works of art, a form of art criticism that has appeared in Plato’s Republic but, over time, dissipated as prose and formalism came to prominence with the rise of mass-print journalism.  The most prominent writer to utilize the genre of ekphrasis is John Ashbery.  On-Verge will regularly feature ekphrastic poetry by Delali Ayivor to capture a particular art form that analyzes both contemporary and historical works of art.

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