Horace: Revision, Ridicule, and Censorship
This chapter argues that Horace's discussion of revision is satirical and derives mirth from the speakers who insist on it, and then, more seriously, that in Augustan Rome there were real reasons for poets to feel that revising was a shameful process akin to censorship. Horace thus seems both to mock the speakers who talk about revision and to offer a profound social diagnosis of its characteristic pathos.
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