With Shauna M. Morgan.
The power of ekphrastic writing–poetry inspired by visual art or simply using descriptions of visual art as literary device–appeared in classical European literature such as Homer’s Iliad and in ancient poetry of the Odu Ifá in west Africa. Ekphrasis continues to enthrall writers today–many from diverse literary traditions–who are so moved by visual art that they have felt compelled to render some aspect of that art into poetry. We will explore various aspects of ekphrasis by first viewing and examining works of visual art and then drafting poems through different modes of ekphrastic writing. Shauna M. Morgan teaches creative writing at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she regularly leads writing exercises in art galleries throughout the nation’s capital. [ALL LEVELS] [NEW!] [ONE-TIME]
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