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Three classical poets--Sappho, Catullus, and Juvenal

Author: Richard Jenkyns
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1982.
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This work explains how to read three quite different ancient poets. In a close and sensitive reading of Sappho, Catullus, and Juvenal, the author delineates the uniqueness of the poet's individual voice in relation to poetic traditions. His book constitutes a challenge to the view that one method will suffice for the interpretation of ancient poetry. He seeks to demonstrate that we can have no substitute for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jenkyns, Richard.
Three classical poets--Sappho, Catullus, and Juvenal.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1982
(OCoLC)647702037
Named Person: Sappho; Gaius Valerius Catullus; Juvenal; Sappho.; Gaius Valerius Catullus; Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis; Gaius Valerius Catullus; Juvenal.; Sappho.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Jenkyns
ISBN: 0674888952 9780674888951
OCLC Number: 8195561
Description: ix, 243 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The poetry of Sappho and its reputation --
Catullus and the idea of a masterpiece --
Juvenal the poet.
Other Titles: 3 classical poets--Sappho, Catullus, and Juvenal
Responsibility: Richard Jenkyns.

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This work explains how to read three quite different ancient poets. In a close and sensitive reading of Sappho, Catullus, and Juvenal, the author delineates the uniqueness of the poet's individual voice in relation to poetic traditions. His book constitutes a challenge to the view that one method will suffice for the interpretation of ancient poetry. He seeks to demonstrate that we can have no substitute for flexible and humane judgment, liberated from critical dogma, if we are to understand the great writers of the past.

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