ISBN : 9780199554188
A characteristic of Greek and Latin poetry (sometimes an intimidating one) is the variety of metrical shapes it can adopt. Llewelyn Morgan offers an accessible account of some of the most common of these metres in Roman poetry, and explains how the poets can exploit them to support, supplement, or indeed drive the meaning of the poems they carry. Metre is revealed as an aspect of Roman poetry which is every bit as creative as its word play, and new insights are given to a range of Roman poems, from reassessments of familiar poems by Catullus and Horace to explanations of the remarkable artistry underlying less mainstream works by Martial, Statius, and Lucilius.
Introduction: the iconography of metre
1. The hendecasyllable: an abbreviated history
2. Iambics: the short and the long of it
3. 'Narrower circuits': the sapphic stanza
4. The dactylic hexameter and its detractors