Horace on Poetry

Horace on Poetry : Prolegomena to the Literary Epistles

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This is the first of Professor Brink's three-volume commentary on Horace's literary epistles, originally published in 1963. The volumes' chief focus is the primary source of Horatian literary criticism: the Epistula ad Pisones, known as the Ars Poetica to most ancient and modern readers. Volume I of Horace on Poetry looks at the structure of the Ars Poetica, Neoptolemus and literary criticism, and the criticism and satire of Horace. Professor Brink's overriding argument is that the common dismissal of the Ars as a disorderly piece fails to take into account Horace's architectonic style. For Brink, this disorder is itself part of an intrinsic poetic design. The complete three-volume commentary constitutes one of the fullest scholarly commentaries on Horace's critical writing. It will continue to be of great value to all with an interest in this much-debated subject.
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  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17mm | 440g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521283078
  • 9780521283076
  • 2,199,234

Table of contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Part I. Order and Disorder in the Ars Poetica: 1. Has the Ars Poetica a structure?; 2. The analytic procedure and some analyses; Part II. The Tradition of Literary Criticism and the Ars Poetica: 1. Neoptolemus of Parium; 2. The Rhetoric and Poetics; 4. Neoptolemus and Aristotle's De Poetis; 5. Alexandrian criticism and Neoptolemus on poetry; Part III. Horace as a Literary Critic: The Literary Satires and Epistles: 1. Preliminaries and the literary satires; 2. The shorter literary epistles; Part IV. The Ars Poetica as Literary Criticism and as a Poem: 1. The principles of literary criticism in the Ars Poetica; 2. Poetic patterns in the Ars Poetica; Bibliography; General index; Index of passages.
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