Horace's first three books of odes are universally acknowledged
to be masterpieces. His fourth, which appeared ten years later,
continues to be relatively neglected. The eminent classicist
Michael C. J. Putnam here offers the first comprehensive study of
the fourth book of odes. In his view, Horace's last work is at once
the culmination of his poetic career and a beautifully crafted
composition of exceptional power and brilliance.
Putnam discusses each of the fifteen odes found in the book,
studying the work both as a whole and as a series of interactive
units. Always conscious of the historical and social contexts in
which the poems were written, he maintains that the fourth book not
only expands the intellectual horizons of the three earlier books,
but also draws upon, and responds to, two works of genius by other
poets: Propertius's third book of elegies and Virgil's
Aeneid,/em>. Putnam shows how Horace co-opted and remolded
their imaginative detail in his own poetry and how the parallels
between Horace's writings and those of his predecessors can help to
illuminate the final flowering of Horatian lyric.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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