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Simile and Identity in Ovids Metamorphoses Marie Louise von Glinski

Simile and Identity in Ovids Metamorphoses

Marie Louise von Glinski

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ISBN : 9780521760966
Hardcover
173 pages
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Nulli sua forma manebat. The world of Ovids Metamorphoses is marked by constant flux in which nothing keeps its original form. This book argues that Ovid uses the epic simile to capture states of unresolved identity in the transition between human,MoreNulli sua forma manebat. The world of Ovids Metamorphoses is marked by constant flux in which nothing keeps its original form. This book argues that Ovid uses the epic simile to capture states of unresolved identity in the transition between human, animal and divine identity, as well as in the poems textual ambivalence between genres and the negotiation of fiction and reality. In conjuring up a likeness, the mental image of the simile enters a dialectic of appearances in a visually complex and treacherous universe. Original and subtle close readings, from Narcissus to Adonis, from Dianas blush to the freeform dreams in the House of Sleep, trace the similes potential for exploiting indeterminacy and immateriality. In its protean permutations the simile touches on the most profound issues of the poem the nature of humanity and divinity and the essence of poetic creation.