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Ekphrasis is artwork about other works of art. Its original meaning in Classical rhetoric is a vivid description. Later its meaning narrowed to a vivid description of visual art. Romantic poets redefined ekphrasis to mean a poetic work about or inspired by art. For them, art was produced by inspiration, and inspiration was often hallucinatory. In their view Nature and the Imagination were divine works of art, thus expanding the field of what can be considered ekphrastic art and what makes art ekphrastic. Auto-ekphrasis designates literary works that reflect on their own status as aesthetic objects.


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