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Among the central critical issues surrounding Ovid's Metamorphoses--indeed, underlying many of this challenging text's unsolved problems--is the question of genre. Is the poem epic or a species of epic (e.g., anti-epic, epic parody, elegized epic, or epicized elegy); a type of Kollektivgedicht, stringing together either a series of examples from some miniature form such as the epyllion, or else sampling now one genre, now another; or is it simply unique, resisting any effort at categorization? Despite the intelligent and detailed discussion that the question has received during the past seventy-five years, it is safe to say that no critical consensus has emerged.
Copyright © 1992 Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in The American Journal of Philology 113:2 (1992), 235-268. Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Farrell, J. (1992). Dialogue of Genres in Ovid's "Lovesong of Polyphemus" (Metamorphoses 13.719-897). The American Journal of Philology, 113 (2), 235-268. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/295559
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