The Poetics of Imitation: Anacreon and the Anacreontic Tradition

The Poetics of Imitation: Anacreon and the Anacreontic Tradition

by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer


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Western literature knows the anacreontic poems best in the translations or adaptations of such poets as Ronsard, Herrick and Goethe. This collection of poems, once assumed to be the work of Anacreon himself, was considered unworthy of serious attention after the poems were proved to be late Hellenistic and early Roman imitations by anonymous writers. This book, the first full-length treatment of the anacreontic corpus, explores the complex poetics of imitation that inspired anacreontic composition for so many centuries in antiquity. It discusses the sophisticated and allusive nature of the texts, and the curious relationship between model and imitators. A full translation of the anacreontic collection is included as an appendix and all Greek and Latin is translated.

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ISBN-13: 9780521028981
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/02/2006
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates; Acknowledgements; Introduction: the anacreontic question; 1. Origins: the role of Anacreon as model; 2. Anacreontic imitators: the model revised; 3. Reading the texts: a sterile abundance of words; 4. The anacreontic anthology; 5. The allusive text; Conclusions: Byzantium and beyond; Appendices: A. Repetition in the anacreontics; B. Register of key anacreontic words; C. A translation of the anacreontic poems; Bibliography; Index of passages cited; Index.

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