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I, the Poet – First-Person Form in Horace, Catullus, and Propertius - Cornell Scholarship Online
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I, the Poet: First-Person Form in Horace, Catullus, and Propertius

Kathleen McCarthy


First-person poetry is a familiar genre in Latin literature. Propertius, Catullus, and Horace deployed the first-person speaker in a variety of ways that either bolster or undermine the link between this figure and the poet himself. This book offers a new approach to understanding the ubiquitous use of a first-person voice in Augustan-age poetry, taking on several of the central debates in the field of Latin literary studies—including the inheritance of the Greek tradition, the shift from oral performance to written collections, and the status of the poetic “I-voice.” The book positions these ... More

Keywords: first-person poetry, first-person speaker, Augustan-age poetry, Greek tradition, poets, Greek poetry, Latin literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501739552
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen McCarthy, author
University of California, Berkeley