Here again, we come to what has to be my favorite post, and I think it’s yours, too. This week, we’re talking about ekphrasis poetry.
Don’t be intimidated. It’s a really big, hard to pronounce word that really just means a poem in which you describe something. It was started in Greece, by no other great poet than Homer. He wrote about the Shield of Achilles, which such depth of detail and an ear for lyrical writing. Anything that Homer does is pure gold, and this is just one more thing we’ve got to thank him for. I mean, who else from that age are people still reading and enjoying?
Here’s an example from the master. I couldn’t hope to come up with something as cool as this.
“And first Hephasestus makes a great and massive shield, blazoning well-wrought emblems all across its surface, raising a rim around it, glittering, triple-ply with a silver shield-strap run from edge to edge and five layers of metal to build the shield itself.”
Gorgeous isn’t it? I’m not the only one who fan girls about Homer, am I? So this week, your writing prompt is to write an Ekphrasis poem.