We will approach the "sister arts" of poetry and painting by investigating the nature of verbal and visual signs. Taking Gotthold Lessing's time/space distinction as a guiding concern for the course, we will examine the way the medium (language, paint, pencil, etc.) expresses itself in poems and paintings. Using basic Formalist and Structuralist ideas, we will question various modes of verbal and pictorial expression. These considerations will lead us to a critique of the way meaning is made in contemporary culture.