Date of Award

Winter 1972

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




There is a certain equality of painting and poetry expressed by Horace in his descriptive phrase ut pictura poesis. The implication is that the arts are practically interchangeable, one may describe the other, and the genius of each arises from the same source. Some of the best evidences of similar inspiration and perception within these two arts can be illustrated through a comparison of Italian Mannerist painting and Metaphysical poetry as embodied in various works of John Donne. Although these works are separated by chronological time and geographical location, they are, nevertheless, the product of mutual attitudes and stress common themes and techniques. The three main catagories between the two art forms involve the artist's individual sense of rebellion to a previous literary tradition, his delight in the intellect leading to an emphasis of the mind over sense perception, and his use of paradox.