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Technique and ideas in the Aeneid

Author: Gordon Williams
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Two general and related questions confront any reader of the "Aeneid". These are: first, is the world of the "Aeneid" presented as a part of the world of normal human experience, with a poetic claim to historical reality and separated from us by no more than time and generic conventions; or is it in essence a mythical world, only remotely related to the actual world by means of metaphor and symbol? Second, what  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Virgil.; Virgil; Aeneas, (Legendary character); Virgil.; Virgile.; Virgil.; Aeneas, (Legendary character); Publius Vergilius Maro; Publius Vergilius Maro
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Williams
ISBN: 0300028520 9780300028522 0300034296 9780300034295
OCLC Number: 8430261
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: x, 301 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: Figures of thought and structure in narrative --
Chapter 1: The concept of fate --
Fate as a figure of anticipation --
Fate as a synecdoche for the historical process --
The sense of fate as a trope for human aspirations (and fears) --
The gap between the temporalities of narrative and composition --
Chapter 2: The gods in the Aeneid --
The gods as a figure for authorial intervention --
The gods as a trope for human motivation --
The gods as a trope for reconciling free will and determinism --
An influential predecessor --
Chapter 3: Retrospective judgment enforced --
Irony --
Aeneas in Carthage --
Aeneas in the underworld --
Chapter 4: Figures of movement and linkage --
Similes over-adequate in their contexts --
Thematic anticipation --
Ring-composition --
Interlacing --
Chapter 5: Connexions with predecessors: imitatio exemplorum --
Used to shape a framework for judgment --
Used for irony --
Used to measure the distance from a conventional heroic world --
Part II: The point of view --
Chapter 6: Indexes to other fields (imitatio vitae) --
Indexes from Hellenistic Rococo --
Indexes to historical Rome and the age of Augustus --
Indexes to the human condition --
Conclusion --
Chapter 7: The poet's voice --
The problem of aspect in similes --
Apostrophe, epitaphs, and authorial comment --
Pessimism and poetics --
Chapter 8: Moral ambiguities --
Chapter 9: Ideas and the epic poet.
Responsibility: Gordon Williams.

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"Two general and related questions confront any reader of the "Aeneid". These are: first, is the world of the "Aeneid" presented as a part of the world of normal human experience, with a poetic claim to historical reality and separated from us by no more than time and generic conventions; or is it in essence a mythical world, only remotely related to the actual world by means of metaphor and symbol? Second, what ideas are expressed in the epic and how can they be recognized as such? This book originated in an attempt to find a method by which an acceptable answer could be found to these questions." [Preface].

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