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Definition of "ekphrasis" [ekphrasis]

  • A clear, intense, self-contained argument or pictorial description of an object, especially of an artwork. (noun)

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Use "ekphrasis" in a sentence
  • "At work in this ekphrasis is a subconscious interest in decorum and restraint, and a corresponding leeriness about aesthetic identification."
  • "While these examples suggest that in practice ekphrasis is not limited to one specific use, contemporary attitudes toward the term have grown out of a definition of it that emphasizes literary (poetic) representation — with all the ambiguities, tensions, and contradictions the notion entails."
  • "I want to suggest, however, that in a certain sense all ekphrasis is notional, and seeks to create a specific image that is to be found only in the text as its "resident alien," and is to be found nowhere else."
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