Homer, the poet, conjured up with his verbal art an impossible description of Achilles’ Shield, as created by Vulcan, the visual artist, in Book 18 of The Iliad. Here is a description of characters on a panel of the shield from the translation of Alexander Pope,
Along the Street the new-made Brides are led,
With Torches flaming, to the nuptial Bed;
The Youthful Dancers in a Circle bound
To the soft Flute, and Cittern’s silver Sound:
Thro the fair Streets, the Matrons in a Row,
Stand in their Porches, and enjoy the Show.
This unbroken tradition of ekphrasis continues to this day yielding astonishing insights of one art form by the creation of another. Recently a show entitled Visual Inverse, a Pairing of Poetry and Art was held at the Plymouth Center for the Arts in Plymouth Massachusetts. A large number of lucky attendees viewed the live performances. I and others (not so lucky, or in my case, not so smart) had to wait for this magnificent program to circulate.For more of my Review of Visual Inverse go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2012/04/program-visual-inverse-board-of.html