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Essays on Lucretius, Virgil, and Ovid

CHAPTER ONE The Criticism of Didactic Poetry Let me begin by defining terms. There is a sense in which every work of literature is didactic. Shaw once claimed that 'all art at the fountainhead is didactic, and that nothing can produce art except the necessity of being didactic/1 Much ancient poetry, like much modern poetry, can properly be called didactic. Pindar, Sophocles, and Horace, Eliot, Auden, and Pound are all in some sense didactic poets. 'I have always believed/ wrote Auden, 'that, among the many functions of the poet, preaching is one/2 Even the

David Sider Didactic poetry: The Hellenistic invention of a pre-existing genre For all that it is almost a cliché that Hellenistic poets were acutely aware of genre —who before Callimachus would or could have boasted of his πολυείδεια?—,¹ discussions, let alone definitions, of didactic poetry as a genre are scarce. Why bother, when it seems so obvious? Look at Aratus and Nicander, whose model was Hesiod, and nothing more need be said. Nonetheless, that will be my aim here. There have of course been many useful studies of classical didactic poetry,² some of which

Didactic Poetry Yehudah b. David's Makhzan at-pand (The Treasury of Advice) 4 I have already drawn attention to the inclination of Iranian Jewish po-ets toward didacticism, an inclination firmly grounded in pre-Islamic and classical Persian literature.1 Whereas this device is usually present in verses scattered throughout various majnavls, Makhzan al-pand (The trea- sury of advice), probably modeled on Sa'di's (d. 1292) or 'Attar's (d. 1220) Pand-narnah, is a short masnavl of about 160 couplets in the meter hazaj mahziif, devoted entirely to proffering

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Ein Anhang zu "Macer Floridus, De viribus herbarum". Einleitung, Übersetzung, Kommentar
Lehrhaftes Sprechen in der deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters
Lateinisch - deutsch
Arabic Didactic Poems from the Eleventh to the Seventeenth Centuries - Analysis of Textual Variance and Its Control in the Manuscripts