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The Augustan Art of Poetry: Augustan Translation of the Classics

Robin Sowerby


Where previous studies of ‘Augustanism’ have concentrated largely upon political concerns, this book explores the translation of the Roman Augustan aesthetic into a vernacular equivalent by English neoclassical poets and does so through the analysis of translations. It has its genesis in the claim made implicitly by Dryden at the conclusion of his Virgil that he had given English poetry the kind of refinement in language and style that Virgil had given the Latin. The opening chapter explores the mediation of the Augustan aesthetic to the early Renaissance by way of the De Arte Poetica of the n ... More

Keywords: poetry, Augustan aesthetic, classical inheritance, Dryden's Virgil, heroic couplet, neoclassical poets, Pope's Homer, refinement, Rowe's Lucan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199286126
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286126.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Sowerby, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of English Studies, Stirling University
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