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The World of Ovid's Metamorphoses$
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Joseph B. Solodow

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780807854341

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469616490_Solodow

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The World of Ovid's Metamorphoses

Joseph B. Solodow

University of North Carolina Press

This book discusses the concept of metamorphosis or transformation in poetic terms using the examples of two stories written in the form of an Ovidian poem. It reveals how metamorphosis leads to a chain of events that unfold in a sequence, giving meaning and binding these events into two completely different poetic narratives. The first story revolves around two girls who show their disdain for the Goddess Venus who in turn curses them to prostitution. This story demonstrates how the lives of these girls were transformed and how a chain of events unfolded, making their life more dull and stale as time passed. The other story revolves around an artist known as Pygmalion who falls in love with a statue created by him after being disgusted with the lewd behavior of girls. The book reveals how the artist is able to transform the marble statue into a living woman.

Keywords:   metamorphosis, Venus, prostitution, Pygmalion, transformation, stories, Ovidian poem, poetic terms

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