The Poetics of Imitation
Anacreon and the Anacreontic Tradition
By (author) Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
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Poetics of Imitation by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
Book DescriptionWestern literature knows the anacreontic poems best in the translations or adaptations of such poets as Ronsard, Herrick and Goethe. This collection of poems, once assumed to be the work of Anacreon himself, was considered unworthy of serious attention after the poems were proved to be late Hellenistic and early Roman imitations by anonymous writers. This full-length treatment of the anacreontic corpus, first published in 1992, explores the complex poetics of imitation which inspired anacreontic composition for so many centuries in antiquity. The author reassesses Anacreon's own oeuvre, and then discusses the system of selective imitation practised by the anacreontic poets. The book explores what light the corpus can shed on ancient literary genres, intertextual influences, and the literary manifestations of symposiastic and erotic ideals in a post-classical society which looks back to an archaic model as its guiding force.A full translation of the anacreontic collection is included as an appendix and all Greek and Latin is translated.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521028981
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
Ancient Epistolary Fictions, Paperback (November 2006)
A comprehensive look at the use of imaginary letters in Greek literature, first published in 2001.
Ancient Greek Literary Letters, Paperback (January 2006)
This book examines short selections of fictional letters and excerpts from histories, epics and novels from the second and third centuries CE. An entertaining central study text for students of Greek epistolography.
Poetics of Imitation, Hardback (January 1992)» View all books by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
This 1992 book explores the complex poetics of imitation which inspired anacreontic composition for so many centuries in antiquity.
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