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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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(p.9) Chapter One Structures
The World of Ovid's Metamorphoses

Joseph B. Solodow

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explains how Ovidian scholarly efforts have focused on examining the role of structure in literary transformations in Metamorphoses. Critics have examined books and essays on the subject to identify how different literary elements of metamorphosis combine random words and expressions into a meaningful chain of events in this poem. The chapter finds that the narrative in the poem follows a unique pattern of words and elements. Critics of these uniquely structured verses have sought to explore an arrangement, which can best describe the poem as being based on the concept of literary metamorphosis. Scholars have also observed that accurate clues about the unique arrangement of words and elements in such a poem can be found throughout the work. The opening and closing portions of the poem have been used to generate a different interpretation of the unique arrangement.

Keywords:   literary transformation, metamorphosis, expressions, arrangement, interpretation

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