Repetition in Latin Poetry: Figures of Allusion

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJeffrey Wills

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The first comprehensive treatment of Latin figures of repetition, this poetic handbook includes over ten thousand quotations from Ennius to Juvenal, with numerous examples from Latin prose and Greek literature for comparison. Long relegated to commentary notes, the figures of gemination,epanalepsis, polyptotn, anaphora etc. are finally treated systematically as distinct stylistic markers. Under each topic, Professor Wills studies extensively the authorial preferences and traditions of the various genres, with figures arising from the positional and framing structures ofrepetitions collected at the end. A section on formal means of allusion and the special attention given throughout the book to the use of figures for intertextual reference also makes the work a major contribution to the Latin poetics of allusion. Literary critics, textual critics, andcommentators should all find this volume indispensable in different ways.

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The first comprehensive treatment of Latin figures of repetition, this poetic handbook includes over ten thousand quotations from Ennius to Juvenal, with numerous examples from Latin prose and Greek literature for comparison. Long relegated to commentary notes, the figures of gemination,epanalepsis, polyptotn, anaphora etc. are finall...

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The first comprehensive treatment of Latin figures of repetition, this poetic handbook includes over ten thousand quotations from Ennius to Juvenal, with numerous examples From Latin prose and Greek literature for comparison. Long relegated to commentary notes, the figures of gemination, epanalepsis, polyptoton, and anaphora, for examp...

Jeffrey Wills is at University of Wisconsin.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:522 pages, 9.21 × 6.06 × 1.34 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198140843

ISBN - 13:9780198140849

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`Jeffrey Wills has tackled a vast and important topic, done a quite enormous amount of work and produced a brilliant book. Latinists will have to consult Repetition in Latin Poetry frequently, and it is destined to become a standard reference work ... he makes an important and timelycontribution to a lively field of research ... One can have nothing but admiration for W.'s scholarly industry, precision and sensitivity. His book well be consulted with profit and pleasure for a long time to come.'Damien P. Nelis, Bryn Mawr Classical Review