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Contents List of Illustrations ix Abbreviations x Introduction 1 1.The Art of Poetry: Vida to Pope 7 The Education of the Poet: Setting the Cultural Scene 11 The Virgilian Ars: Disposition of the Poets Material 21 The rules of art and poetic inspiration 21 Disposition: clarity, variety, and unity 24 Decorum, nature, and versimilitude 26 The comparison of Virgil and Homer 29 The Virgilian Ars: Language and Style 36 The figures 41 Poetic diction 45 Imitative harmony 55 Conclusion to Vida 59 2.The Augustan Ideal: Rhyme and Refinement 62 Early English Classicism 62 Humanist beginnings 62 The early argument over rhyme 66 The closed couplet: English and Latin 68 The Latin elegiac couplet 68 Early English couplets 72 The poetic ideal of Augustan Rome 74 The Early Augustan Aesthetic in English 78 Waller and Denham: sweetness and strength 81 Waller, Denham, and Dryden 101 Vigour refined 106 The Full Augustan Aesthetic 108 Dryden and Denham on the death of Priam compared 108 Ornament of words: poetic diction 115 How Drydens Virgil represents the Latin ideal 126 Mastery of the Medium: The Continuing Debate about Rhyme 128 Dryden and Addison: rhyme versus blank verse 131 Dryden and Milton 140 Appendix: The Continuing Debate about Rhyme 144 3.Augustan Translation of Silver Latin 147 Drydens Translation of Persius and Juvenal: Drydens Critical Assessment 147 Drydens Persius 153 The method and purpose of Dryden in translation 158 Drydens Juvenal 162 Rowes Lucan 174 Introduction: Augustan regularization of Lucan 174 Comparison with Marlowe: limitations 181 Augustan strengths: Johnsonian virtues 186 Liberty and tyranny: the moral argument 194 The effectiveness of the mature Augustan couplet 202 Popes Statius 209 The rarefied style 212 Heightening 217 Augustan virtues 222 4.Augustan Homer 228 Heroic Beginnings: The Episode of Sarpedon 230 The Main Fable: The Anger of Achilles 246 The Art of Popes Homer 257 Invention and judgement 257 Imitation and refinement: tradition and method 259 Concentration and unity 272 The heightened style 282 The final polish: the labour of the file 301 The challenge of the Odyssey 310 Beginnings 310 Proportioning the style: the plain and the natural 322 Painting the manners: the just moral 324 Painting the manners: partly in the nature of a comedy 329 Reaction 333 Epilogue: Augustans and Moderns 337 Select Bibliography 353 Index 000
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Classical poetry -- Translations into English -- History and criticism.
Translating and intepreting -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Classical poetry -- Appreciation -- Great Britain.
Classical languages -- Translating into English.
English poetry -- Classical influences.