What Is Ekphrasis?
Ekphrasis is a form of poetry focused more on content and less on form, functioning more like a genre than anything else. Ekphrasis is the Greek word for “description”. Ekphrasis poetry typically refers to poems written about visual art, from paintings to films and everything in between. Its purpose is to expand on a visual medium –writing about the emotional impact a piece of art has on a person and attempting to explore that using words instead of images. It can also function as complementary or speculative commentary.
How To Write Ekphrasis Poetry
- Choose a piece of visual art.
- Write about it
- That’s it!