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제목 : Shakespeare’s Challenge:the visualization of language in Venus and Adonis
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This paper explores the visualization of language, vivid verbal descriptions
in Shakespeare’s narrative poetry Venus and Adonis. Shakespeare's first printed
work, and non-dramatic verse, Venus and Adonis is concerned with seeing and
looking such as Venus’s pleasure in seeing Adonis, Adonis’s horse seeing the
attractive jennet, Venus seeing Adonis’ dead body, and so on. Shakespeare
employs a kind of trick of stage-setting to create a pictorial mode of writing
and encourages his readers to see many events represented by his vivid
language. For this narrative poem, not dramatic work, readers need
imagination and their mind eyes to see the events and action related to Venus
and Adonis. Shakespeare also explores various descriptions of pictorial artwork
and asks readers to imagine pieces of visual art like a remarkable visual
representation of a horse, and Zeuxis’s painted grapes. He intends to
demonstrate that literal art can be as persuasive and convincing as visual art
through his lifelike verbal representation. Finally, Venus and Adonis contains a
complex mixture of various rhetorical figures and tropes, especially,
Shakespeare helps us see things in the mind’s eyes using vivid figurative
languages. Among rhetoric figures, metaphor is an effective way of achieving
enargeia at the heart of ekphrasis, and becomes part of the visually imagined
scene. Yet here, metaphor does not necessarily function to allow us to see
original objects it describes and Shakespeare emphasizes the ambiguity of
metaphor both to make us see and make us not see. It seems that
Shakespeare succeeds in capturing readers’ eyes with the splendid rhetoric
language. Venus and Adonis, which can be considered Shakespeare’s bold and
experimental work, is not a substitute for the theatre of visual immediacy but
the start of Shakespeare’s distinctive interest in the visualization of language.


Key Words: Shakespeare’s narrative poetry, the visualization of language,
visual immediacy, rhetorical tropes, literary art, pictorial art


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