Ekphrasis: Exploring Art Through Poetry


Course Description

According to The Poetry Foundation, “An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art.” In this writing workshop course, students will both compose their own ekphrastic poems and comment upon the poems of other students. Weekly creative writing prompts will be accompanied by readings from a sampling of works by traditional and contemporary practitioners of the art form. How does the imaginative act of creating a new literary work expand on and interfere with the original artwork’s meaning? In which ways do the plastic and verbal arts depend upon one another, even before the poet begins composing? Which visual aspects of art objects lend themselves to the most exciting ekphrastic depictions? How have other poets approached this particular subgenre and with what results?

Some of the poets to be explored include John Keats, W.H. Auden, William Carlos Williams, Campbell McGrath, Paula Bohince, Gillian Sze, and Branka Petrovic. Aside from selected literary readings, students will write their own ekphrastic poems inspired by viewing artworks from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and other art institutions.

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 12 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Tuesday 19 January 2021

Course Length: 6 weeks, Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Greg Santos

Degree Credit: Half-credit

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)

$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)

$105.00 (promotion for new students)


Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Degree students, course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers should not register online. 

Degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses at info@thomasmore.qc.ca

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers from cancelled Spring 2020 courses, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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