Horace for students of literature : the "Ars poetica" and its tradition /
[edited by] O.B. Hardison Jr. and Leon Golden.
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c1995.
xviii, 395 p. ; 24 cm.
0813013542 (alk. paper)
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c1995.
0813013542 (alk. paper)
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Ars poetica / Horace -- Poetria nova / Geoffrey of Vinsauf -- L'art poétique / Boileau -- An essay on criticism / Pope -- English bards and Scotch reviewers / Byron -- Notes toward a supreme fiction / Stevens.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [375]-379) and index.
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Nearly 30 years ago, Hardison and Golden published Aristotle's Poetics: A Translation and Commentary for Students of Literature (CH, Jun'69). In this companion study of Horace's Ars Poetica and some of its progeny, they bring to light the Roman side of their collaboration. Hardison, alas, did not survive to see this volume through publication. More specialized than his edited volume Modern Continental Literary Criticism (1962), this book again reveals Hardison's mastery of literary criticism in historical and philosophical contexts. In addition to Golden's excellent English prose version of the Ars one finds here the texts of five later works, each suggesting, in various ways, the influence of Horace as critic. These post-Horatian writers, ranging from Geoffrey de Vinsauf (Fl.c.1202) to Wallace Stevens, have not been selected for their servility to Horace. Rather, Hardison's rich and spirited commentaries search out important differences as well as echoes and similarities. These commentaries, along with the notes to the texts, are both illuminating and enjoyable. The advanced student will find the host of references to other sources and comments useful. Committed postmodernists may well beware. Upper-division undergraduate and above. E. R. Mix; emeritus, Elmira College
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"Original insights into Horace's influential poem."--George A. Kennedy, Paddison professor of classics and professor of comparative literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The influence of Horace's Ars Poetica on literary criticism across the ages has sometimes manifested itself in straightforward and direct ways and sometimes in a subtler, more oblique fashion. This volume offers, for the first time, an anthology of important texts, with accompanying commentary, that illustrate this diverse and significant Horatian influence. The authors demonstrate that what has endured since the first century B.C. in Horace's poetic theory and what has been adapted from it by his successors are themes of permanent value to students of literature and criticism. Using a series of texts--from the Ars Poetica itself to works by Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Nicolas Boileau, Alexander Pope, Lord Byron, and Wallace Stevens (his Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction) --they show that the voice of the Horatian tradition continues to be heard clearly. In the Ars Poetica Horace maps out three directions followed by the critics represented here: one relates to form and style, another to methods of evaluating success and failure in poetry, while a third investigates the essential purpose of poetic activity and the psychology of the creative artist. O. B. Hardison, Jr., formerly professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, was professor of English at Georgetown University from 1984 until his death in 1990. He was the author or editor of many books, including The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics; Disappearing Through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century (winner of the 1990 Los Angeles Times nonfiction book prize); Prosody and Purpose in the English Renaissance; Medieval Literary Criticism: Translations and Interpretations; and, with Leon Golden, Classical and Medieval Literary Criticism and Aristotle's Poetics: A Translation and Commentary for Students of Literature (UPF, 1981). Leon Golden is professor of classics and director of the Program in the Humanities at Florida State University. He is also the author of Aristotle on Tragic and Comic Mimesis, In Praise of Prometheus: Humanism and Rationalism in Aeschylean Thought, and numerous articles and book chapters.
Table of Contents
General Introduction
Introductionp. 3
Ars Poetica: Translated by Leon Goldenp. 7
Life and Work of Horacep. 23
Commentaryp. 42
Introductionp. 91
Poetria Nova: Translated by Margaret F. Nimsp. 93
Commentaryp. 149
Introduction and Commentaryp. 159
L'Art Poétique: Translated by Sir William Soames (revised by John Dryden)p. 180
Introduction and Commentaryp. 213
An Essay on Criticismp. 216
New Standardsp. 236
Introduction and Commentaryp. 257
English Bards and Scotch Reviewersp. 263
Hints from Horacep. 291
The Kantian Revolutionp. 313
Introduction and Commentaryp. 325
Notes Toward a Supreme Fictionp. 337
Notesp. 356
Bibliographyp. 375
General Indexp. 381
Index of Foreign Termsp. 393
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