February 24, 2007

Write Me a Picture

"The Ut pictura poesis tradition includes a very old, special, and fascinating strain. If poetry is to be like a picture then, by a natural transition, it might be very appropriately be about a picture...Indeed, there is no purer way of insuring that poetry will be strictly picture-like than to make it speak about a picture" (Brann 245).

Ah, poetry and pictures. It does seem like a pretty obvious transition- I have always felt that literature and poetry can always "paint" words and create a picture for the reader, if it is written well. One needs to be just as skilled in order to create a vivid world for the reader as a painter is with a brush. It's all art, all the same idea.

If poetry can paint, then why not reverse it, as mentioned by Brann in "Pictures in Poetry: Keat's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'". Keats "Ode on a Grecian Urn" creates this iconic poetry by taking from a real object and reproducing it in a work of literature as something new and different, and yet the same. The reader can still "see" the piece through his words and descriptions but can now also gain something else from the piece as well- the meaning or purpose of it as Keats writes in the poem. Keats gives the piece of art a voice, a verbal way of interpretting it, rather than through sight alone.

Brann, ''Pictures in Poetry: Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

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