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Ekphrasis is figure of speech. It is a detailed description of a work of visual art. The work can be real or imaginary. Sometimes the language used in the ekphrasis is considered as art in itself. Homer's detailed description of the shield carried by the hero Achilles in his epic poem the Iliad is a very early example of the use of ekphrasis in literature. The Shield of Achilles, a poem written by W. H. Auden in 1952, describes Auden's reaction to Homer's of ekphrasis.[1][2]

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  1. Mullan. John (14 November 2009). "Ten of the best: examples of ekphrasis". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. Webb, Ruth (2016). Ekphrasis, Imagination and Persuasion in Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Practice, pp. 1-2. Routledge. ISBN 1317145364