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Zeitschrift für antike Literatur und ihre Rezeption / A Journal for Ancient Literature and its Reception

Ed. by Föllinger, Sabine / Fuhrer, Therese / Reinhardt, Tobias / Stenger, Jan / Vöhler, Martin

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Volume 152, Issue 2


Über das Hirtengespräch in Vergils Ecl.

Gregor Maurach
Published Online: 2009-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/phil.2008.0037


No poet′s language has ever been devised for, as it were, analytical dissection and simple registration of facts; it is, on the contrary, meant to arouse the reader′s emotional participation through pleasant recognition, through amazement and through perception of undertones. In Vergil′s poetical language accordingly four effects mingle: The reader is (firstly) summoned to recognize colloquialisms, i.e. sounds of well accustomed talking, but he will (secondly) also react with astonishment to unwonted variations of daily conversation, be it an archaism or a syntactical novelty. Thirdly, the reader will have to constantly feel what is hidden in Vergilian innuendos. Everywhere the attentive reader will detect emotions and motives that Vergilian personalities hide away or cautiously intimate. The fourth effect is surprise: A poetical description may suddenly crop up, some outrageous exaggeration may appear or an unexpected elevation of subject and style, as e.g. in Palaemon′s attempt to make the opponents abandon bickering and gibing in favour of “the Earth′s wedding feast”, as Friedrich Klingner once termed it.

Keywords: Vergil; Eclogen; Vergil Ecl. 3

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Published Online: 2009-09-25

Published in Print: 2008-12-01

Citation Information: Philologus, Volume 152, Issue 2, Pages 230–245, ISSN (Print) 0031-7985, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/phil.2008.0037.

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