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Elegiac ascent: Plotting a path through Propertius' poetic landscape

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Berry, M (2012) Elegiac ascent: Plotting a path through Propertius' poetic landscape. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This thesis argues that Propertius’ poetic development and growing Callimacheanism can be charted
through a programmatic reading of his landscapes. It examines Propertius’ evolution as a poet from
the beginning of book two onwards as he begins to move away from the intensely personal poetry of
book one on his journey to becoming the Roman Callimachus as he presents himself in book four. It
focuses on four poems – 2.10, 3.1, 3.3 and 4.9 – and argues that the landscapes depicted therein
reveal a poet continually re-evaluating the status of elegy and the hierarchy of genres and ever
increasing in confidence as he engages and aligns more explicitly with Callimachean ideals. It shows
that Propertius constructs and responds to programmatic landscapes in a more self-aware fashion
than has previously been demonstrated with a greater level of complexity than has been observed.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Propertius, Callimachus, landscape, poetry
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Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2012 04:49
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:53
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