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Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse

Llewelyn Morgan

Abstract

The wealth of metrical forms adopted by classical poetry is one of its characteristic features. Yet metre features only sporadically in contemporary criticism of ancient poetry. This book makes the case that metre was central to the Roman experience of literature, and should be restored to a central position also in interpretation of that poetry. By the time Roman poets came to write hexameters, choliambics, and sapphics, these metres could all claim rich histories, and consequently brought a wealth of associations in their own right to the poems they carried. Powerful effects can be achieved ... More

Keywords: metre, versification, Roman poetry, Latin poetry, hendecasyllable, metrical form, hexameter, iambic trimeter, sapphic stanza, sotadeans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199554188
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554188.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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