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Originally published in 1766, the Laocoön has been called the first extended attempt in modern times to define the distinctive spheres of art and poetry.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Posted September 25, 2006
'..succession in time is the province of the poet, co-existence in space that of the artist.' This insightful and compellng excursion into comparative aesthetics led me to choose comparative literature as a graduate study and profession. It argues eloquently that the writer's ability to show events both simultaneously and in succession transcends in overall impact the painter's restriction of having to show objects that co-exist in space. In the 'shield of Achilles' episode in Homer's Iliad, the poet is able to paint a 'moving picture' that subsumes art into words at the same time that it praises the sculptor's work. The poet, moreover, can deal with both the visible and the invisible. All who have chosen the vocation of writing should take this book to a beach resort and read it in tranquility.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.