Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures (Essays in the Arts) by Leonard Barkan

By Leonard Barkan

Why do painters occasionally want they have been poets--and why do poets occasionally want they have been painters? What occurs whilst Rembrandt spells out Hebrew within the sky or Poussin spells out Latin on a tombstone? What occurs whilst Virgil, Ovid, or Shakespeare droop their plots to explain a fictitious portray? In Mute Poetry, conversing photographs, Leonard Barkan explores such questions as he examines the deliciously ambiguous background of the connection among phrases and images, concentrating on the interval from antiquity to the Renaissance yet delivering insights that still have a lot to assert approximately sleek paintings and literature.

The concept that a poem is sort of a photograph has been a standard considering at the least historic Greece, and writers and artists have often mentioned poetry through discussing portray, and vice versa, yet their efforts elevate extra questions than they resolution. From Plutarch ("painting is mute poetry, poetry a conversing picture") to Horace ("as an image, so a poem"), obvious readability fast ends up in confusion approximately, for instance, what traits of images are being prompt upon poets or how pictorial homes might be switched over into poetical ones.

The heritage of evaluating and contrasting portray and poetry seems to be partially a narrative of makes an attempt to advertise one medium on the cost of the opposite. whilst, analogies among note and photo have enabled writers and painters to contemplate and perform their craft. eventually, Barkan argues, this discussion is an expression of wish: the painter longs for the wealthy signification of language whereas the poet yearns for the direct sensuousness of painting.

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