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Roman Poets in Modern Guise
The Reception of Roman Poetry since World War I
This theme showed up in the poetry of other countries too. The Roman mode that Frost proclaimed was evident in not only American, but also French and German treatments of Virgil's Eclogues. Horace figures in poets from Bertolt Brecht and Ezra Pound down to James Wright. The Augustan poets were displaced during the more cynical postwar years by their Republican counterparts: the poet/scientist Lucretius (especially in Germany), the poet/lover Catullus, and the outsider Propertius. And the poets of the empire - Ovid, Seneca,and Juvenal - added certain dissonances to the Roman harmony.
In a period when all the arts have looked increasingly to the past for models, the Roman poets have offered modern ones a wide variety of attitudes - from the patriotic fervor of Virgil and Horace to the cultural cynicism of Juvenal. All these tones are evident in the Anglo-American, German, and French examples discussed in this book.
Introduction: The Roman Mode
PART I. AUGUSTAN ECHOES
1. Virgil's Eclogues
Gide - Valéry - Frost - MacNeice - Tate - Hecht - Longley - Heaney
2. Uses and Abuses of Horace
Owen - Brecht - Pound - Schroeder - Borchardt - Müller - Lange - Mickel - Krolow - Eich - Deppert - Meckel - Frost - Tate - Connolly - Durrell - Noyes -
Leishman - Michie - Bunting - Sisson - Auden - Lowell - Fagles - Wright - Pinsky - Elliott - Davie - Hecht - McClatchy - Hall - Brodsky - Bullard
PART II. REPUBLICAN COUNTERPOINTS
3. Lucretius: Poet or Scientist?
Marx - Einstein - Brecht - Mann - Handke - Grünbein - Schrott
4. Catullus: Poet or Lover?
Stevens - Baxter - Sisson - Ginsberg - McAfee - Budenz - Holland - Wilder - Hardy - Benton - Saylor - Dixon - DeMaria - Jaro - Dunmore - Grünbein - Schrott - Kling - Hartz
5. Propertius and the Outsiders
Pound - Benda - Vagni - Schrott
PART III. IMPERIAL DISSONANCES
6. Ovidian Waves
Pound - Joyce - Mandelstam - Eliot - Rilke - Horia - Fischer - Von Naso - Ebersbach - Lange - Malouf - Walcott - Calvino - Kristeva - Desiato - Mincu - Lewin - Ransmayr - Nooteboom - Norfolk - Tabucchi - Tawada - Zimmerman
7. Seneca: Poet or Philosopher?
Gressieker - Hiebel - Lowenstein - Grass - Hacks - Müller - Grünbein
8. Juvenal Delinquents from Lowell to Grünbein
Lowell - Auden - Ansen - Gilson - Grünbein
Conclusion: Why Roman Poets?
"[W]ide-ranging and extremely erudite [...] This is a rewarding study which inspires regret for the passing of the age of the classical education." Modern Language Review
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