Three Classical Poets: Sappho, Catullus and Juvenal
Duckworth, 1982 - 243 sider
In this engaging essay Richard Jenkyns shows us how to read three quite different ancient poets. In a close and sensitive reading of Sappho, Catullus, and Juvenal, Jenkyns delineates the uniqueness of the poet's individual voice in relation to poetic traditions. His book constitutes a challenge to the view that one method will suffice for the interpretation of ancient poetry. He seeks to demonstrate that we can have no substitute for flexible and humane judgment, liberated from critical dogma, if we are to understand the great writers of the past. It is Jenkyns' appealing habit to clarify and illustrate his points by drawing analogies from modern and ancient literature. He deploys his wide learning with agility and grace.
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Aeschylus alliteration appear apple Ariadne beauty begins bring called Catullus close comes context contrast created critics described detail effect emotional epic example experience expression eyes fact feeling flower follow force fragment girl give gods Greek hand idea imagination Italy Juvenal Juvenal's kind language later least leaves less light literally literary look manner means merely metaphor mind mood moral nature objects once particular passage passion Peleus perhaps phrase picture piece poem poet poetic poetry present question reader reason Roman Sappho Satire scene seems seen sense sentence similar simile simple sound stanza strange style suggest suppose surely tells theme Thetis things thought tone touch turn verse Virgil visual whole words writing