The Walking Muse: Horace on the Theory of Satire - Princeton Legacy Library 130 by Kirk Freudenburg
In laying the groundwork for a new and challenging reading of the Roman satire, Kirk Freudenberg explores the literary precedents behind the attitudes and personalities created by Horace, one of…
The Walking Muse synopsis
In laying the groundwork for a new and challenging reading of the Roman satire, Kirk Freudenberg explores the literary precedents behind the attitudes and personalities created by Horace, one of the earliest and most influential satire of Rome. Critics tend to believe that his two books of "gifts" are nothing more than a vulgar discourse of moral reform - ostensibly claimed by the poems - and that the reformer who speaks to us is the young Horace, a naive Roman imitator of the Rif, the Greek philosopher Pune.
By examining Horace's debt of popular comedy and moral Hellenistic literature, Freudenberg reveals the sophisticated mask that the author distinguishes himself from the speaker in these dusty speeches - a mask that enables the towering law of poetry to walk in the mundane world of lovers of adulterous and belligerent neighbors . After presenting the rhetoric as a play, a copy of comedic humor and meme, Freudenberg explains the theoretical importance of such conventions in spelling in general.
His analysis includes a reinterpretation of the criticisms of Horace Lucillius, and ends with a satire based on many satirical images in the first book, which reveal the depth of Horace's moral and philosophical concerns. Originally published in 1992.
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