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Description - The Augustan Art of Poetry by Robin Sowerby

While previous studies have concentrated largely upon political concerns, The Augustan Art of Poetry is an exploration of the influence of the Roman Augustan aesthetic on English neo-classical poets of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. At the conclusion of his translation of Virgil, Dryden claims implicitly to have given English poetry the kind of refinement in language and style that Virgil had given the Latin. In this timely new study Robin Sowerby offers a strong apologia for the fine artistry of the Augustans, concentrating in particular on the period's translations, a topic and method not hitherto ventured in any full-length comparative study. The mediation of the Augustan aesthetic is explored through the De Arte Poetica of Vida represented in the Augustan version of Pitt, and its culmination is represented by examination of Dryden's Virgil in relation to predecessors. The effect of the Augustan aesthetic upon versions of silver Latin poets and upon Pope's Homer is also assessed and comparisons are drawn with modern translations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199286126
ISBN-10: 0199286124
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 146mm x 26mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robin Sowerby

Robin Sowerby is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Studies at the University of Stirling.

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