Romance in the Latin Elegiac Poets

Romance in the Latin Elegiac Poets

Romance in the Latin Elegiac Poets

Romance in the Latin Elegiac Poets

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I had several reasons for writing this book. First of all I wished to interest the fabulous General Reader in the Latin elegiac poets of the Augustan Age. Vergil is still a

"Light among the vanish'd ages;
star that gildest yet this phantom shore";

"Horace still charms with graceful negligence,"

and "Venus clerk, Ovyde" compels lovers of painting and of poetry to go back to his Metamorphoses because of the vast influence which those stories had on literature and art. But who now reads Ovid Heroides and Ars Amatoria or the elegiacs of Tibullus and Propertius? Here is great poetry which is slipping back into the oblivion of the dark ages. And strangely enough it is the most modern love poetry of the ancient world. I had a hope that perhaps I might revivify these poets for youth and especially that I might interest students of poetry and romance in this past form of romantic lyrical expression.

A scholastic reason for my volume is that it presents an unexplored chapter in the History of Fiction. Of course it is now a truism that the novel though peculiarly of our times in its tremendous growth, has its roots far back in the Greek and Latin romances. Any history of fiction records that fact. But the story of the origins of the ancient romance has not been completely traced, especially for its Latin forms. The idea for this book came to me . . .

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