Horatian Lyric and Metaphorical Truths
This chapter moves beyond the previous one in attempting to unify aestheticizing and sociological approaches to Horace's language of performance and performativity. The rhetoric of inability in the Epodes and the claims to song in the Odes are strategies of self-authorization that serve different political ends. An analysis of Odes 3. 30 closes the chapter. Although Horace appears to ground his poetic immortality in a book that will live on as a physical object embedded in ritual repetition, in fact, his literary monument (monumentum) surpasses both physical embodiment and the specific occasions of his culture.
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