The Poetics of Sight analyses the role of sight in memory, dream and popular culture and demonstrates the structure of a complex sight within the metaphors of Shakespeare, Pope and Dickens; and within the visual metaphors of Picasso, Magritte and Bacon. This book explores the difference between the great and the failed works of the supreme poet-painter, William Blake, and tracks the migrations of the Satiric muse between verbal mockery and scabrous images in Persius, Pope, Gillray and Gogol. It records the rise, and partial decline, of the vividly «seen» novel in Dickens, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Proust and Hardy.
The key concept throughout this book is visual metaphor, which in the twentieth century acquired overarching importance: in art from Picasso to Kapoor, in poetry from Eliot to Hughes, in aesthetics from Pound to Derrida. The book closes with a far-reaching definition of visual metaphor and with the great visual metaphor of the human body.
Image: The Night Café by Vincent Van Gogh, 1888. Yale University Art Gallery. Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de. A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Harvey, John, 1942- The poetics of sight / John Harvey. -- First edition. pages cm -- (Cultural Interactions : studies in the relationship be- tween the arts ; 25) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-0343-0723-9 (alk. paper) 1. Art and literature. 2. Metaphor in literature. 3. Metaphor in art. 4. Visual communication. 5. Visual perception. I. Title. PN53H38 2015 809’.93357--dc23 2014035502 For Julietta, Ekaterini, Julietta and Eleni
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