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Encounter: An Introduction to Ekphrastic Poetry (Closed)

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Course Description:

Ekphrasis, from the Greek, means “description.” Ekphrastic poems vividly describe works of visual art in which the poet, through imaginative narration and reflection, amplifies and expands on the artwork’s meaning. This encounter between two related image-making art forms, fine art and poetry, will be the focus of our course. In a seminar setting, we will look at reproductions of the artworks that have inspired poets such as W.H. Auden, Vicki Hearne, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rosanna Warren, and others to paint their impressions with words. Copies of the poems will be provided. Recommended reading includes Art and Artists (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets published by Alfred A. Knopf).


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

Registration Closed


Tuesday/Thursday, May 8 and 10 *10:00am – noon* (2 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Rachel Weintraub is a published poet who has served on the boards of several U.S. literary organizations including Four Way Books press, Parnassus: Poetry in Review Foundation, Poets House, and Salamander literary journal. She received an MFA from Columbia University where she studied with renowned poets of the 20th Century. She is also a consultant serving nonprofit organizations in the areas of international human rights, women’s rights, and the arts.