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William Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226299495

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226299525.001.0001

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Confronting Variety: Listing, Subjectivity, and Genre in Latin Poetry

Confronting Variety: Listing, Subjectivity, and Genre in Latin Poetry

(p.116) 4 Confronting Variety: Listing, Subjectivity, and Genre in Latin Poetry

William Fitzgerald

University of Chicago Press

Starting with Horace’s lengthy priamel in the first of his odes, this chapter looks at the relation between subjectivity and variety through the phenomenon of listing as it appears in different genres of Latin poetry. The chapter establishes distinctions and connections between the listing subject in lyric, love poetry, satire and panegyric. Particular attention is paid to the tendency of lists to be ambiguous between variety and sameness and to the possibility that the speaking subject may be absorbed into the variety he confronts.

Keywords:   list, priamel, Horace, Ovid, satire, Statius, Angelo Ploziano, Seneca the Younger, Christina Rossetti

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