Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse

Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse

by Llewelyn Morgan
ISBN-10:
0199554188
ISBN-13:
9780199554188
Pub. Date:
02/04/2011
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
ISBN-10:
0199554188
ISBN-13:
9780199554188
Pub. Date:
02/04/2011
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse

Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse

by Llewelyn Morgan

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Overview

A characteristic of Greek and Latin poetry (sometimes an intimidating one) is the variety of metrical shapes it can adopt. Llewelyn Morgan offers an accessible account of some of the most common of these metres in Roman poetry, and explains how the poets can exploit them to support, supplement, or indeed drive the meaning of the poems they carry. Metre is revealed as an aspect of Roman poetry which is every bit as creative as its word play, and new insights are given to a range of Roman poems, from reassessments of familiar poems by Catullus and Horace to explanations of the remarkable artistry underlying less mainstream works by Martial, Statius, and Lucilius.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199554188
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/04/2011
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Llewelyn Morgan is University Lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature, Oxford University and a Fellow of Brasenose College

Table of Contents

Introduction: the iconography of metre
1. The hendecasyllable: an abbreviated history
2. Iambics: the short and the long of it
3. ‘Narrower circuits': the sapphic stanza
4. The dactylic hexameter and its detractors
Conclusion
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