Ekphrastic Poetry: Definition & Examples


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The term ekphrasis is originally derived from what language?

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1. Which of the following could be captured in words by ekphrastic poetry?

2. The painting described in Shakespeare's 'Rape of Lucrece' depicts the desolation during what conflict?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will assess your knowledge of ekphrastic poetry. You will be quizzed on the roots of the term ekphrasis, the uses of ekphrastic poetry, and famous examples of ekphrastic poetry.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following:

  • The origin of the term ekphrasis
  • What is commonly described in ekphrastic poetry
  • Ekphrastic poetry in Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece
  • An ekphrastic scene in the Aeneid
  • Media likely to feature ekphrastic literature

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on ekphrastic poetry
  • Making connections - understand the concept of ekphrasis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding ekphrastic poetry
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about ekphrasis in literature

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of poetry, review the corresponding lesson on Ekphrastic Poetry. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define ekphrastic poetry
  • Learn about the origin of the term
  • Discuss examples of ekphrastic poetry