The Poetics of Description

Imagined Places in European Literature

  • Authors
  • Janice Hewlett Koelb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Janice Hewlett Koelb
    Pages 19-42
  3. Janice Hewlett Koelb
    Pages 43-68
  4. Janice Hewlett Koelb
    Pages 69-95
  5. Janice Hewlett Koelb
    Pages 189-197
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 199-232

About this book


This book tells a remarkable story that begins in classical antiquity with ecphrasis, the art of describing the world so vividly that the audience could become imaginative eyewitnesses, and the events that caused an ideal of immediacy to be transformed into nearly its opposite, a preoccupation with representation of representation.


Europe poetics Wordsworth

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