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Creative Imitation and Latin Literature - David West

Creative Imitation and Latin Literature

By: David West (Editor), Tony Woodman (Editor)

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Published: 31st January 1980
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The poets and prose-writers of Greece and Rome were acutely conscious of their literary heritage. They expressed this consciousness in the regularity with which, in their writings, they imitated and alluded to the great authors who had preceded them. Such imitation was generally not regarded as plagiarism but as essential to the creation of a new literary work: imitating one's predecessors was in no way incompatible with originality or progress. These views were not peculiar to the writers of Greece and Rome but were adopted by many others who have written in the 'classical tradition' right up to modern times. Creative Imitation and Latin Literature is an exploration of this concept of imitatio. The contributors analyse selected passages from various authors - Greek, Latin and English - in order to demonstrate both how Latin authors created new works of art by imitating earlier passages of literature (sometimes resorting even to self-imitation) and how English poets accomplished the same task by imitating passages of Latin literature. Quality and Pleasure in Latin Poetry, edited by Tony Woodman and David West and published by C.U.P. in 1974, was welcomed as a model of Latin literary-critical techniques. The contributors to this volume have employed similar methods, all Greek is accompanied by translation, and the book should be read by everyone interested in classical literature and in its influence on English writers.

Prologue
De imitatione
Plavtvs vortit barbare: Plautus, Bacchides 526-61 and Menander, Dis exapaton 102-12
From polyphemus to corydon: Virgil, Eclogue 2 and the Idylls of Theocritus
Two plagues: Virgil, Georgics 3.478-566 and Lucretius 6.1090-1286
Horatian imitatio and odes 2.5
Ivdicivm transferendi
Self-imitation within a generic framework: Ovid, Amores 2.9 and 3.11 and the renuntiatio amoris
Self-imitation and the substance of history: Tacitus, Annals 1.61-5 and Histories 2.70, 5.14-15
Lente cvrrite, noctis eqvi: Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde 3.1422-70, Donne, The Sun Rising and Ovid, Amores 1.13
Pyramus and Thisbe in Shakespeare and Ovid: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Metamorphoses 4.1-166
Epilogue
Notes
Abbreviations and bibliography
Select indexes
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ISBN: 9780521226684
ISBN-10: 0521226686
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 31st January 1980
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.49