The Gnat and Other Minor Poems of Virgil

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These delightful poems—by turns whimsical, beautiful, and vulgar—seem to have primarily survived because they were attributed to Virgil. But in David R. Slavitt’s imaginative and appealing translations, they stand firmly on their own merits. Slavitt brings to this little-known body of verse a fresh voice, vividly capturing the tone and style of the originals while conveying a lively sense of fun.
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Overview


These delightful poems—by turns whimsical, beautiful, and vulgar—seem to have primarily survived because they were attributed to Virgil. But in David R. Slavitt’s imaginative and appealing translations, they stand firmly on their own merits. Slavitt brings to this little-known body of verse a fresh voice, vividly capturing the tone and style of the originals while conveying a lively sense of fun.
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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Review Of Books

“An atypical Virgil writing humorous, obscene, parodic, and very slight poems, uncharacteristic to such an extent that scholarship has pretty definitely consigned them to the realm of forgery and misattribution.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520267657
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2011
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


David R. Slavitt has been lauded for his translations of Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, Aeschylus, and Aristophanes, as well as Propertius in Love and De Rerum Natura, both from UC Press.
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Table of Contents


Foreword by Gordon Williams

Introduction

The Gnat
The Barmaid
Curses
Lydia
Priapus Poems
Pesto (Moretum)
The Good Man
Yes and No
Budding Roses

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