Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

1997

Publication Source

The Cambridge Companion to Virgil

Start Page

222

Last Page

238

DOI

10.1017/CCOL0521495393

Abstract

The fact that Virgil's poetry exhibits many points of contact with the literature of the past is beyond dispute. What to make of this fact is much less certain. The view taken here is that the poetics of intertextuality is one of Virgil's most powerfully evocative tools for communicating ideas, for establishing his place in the literary canon, and for eliciting the reader's active collaboration in making meaning. In this essay I shall try to suggest something of what attention to the intertext can do to enhance the appreciation of Virgil's poetry.

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© 1997 Cambridge University Press. Reprinted with permission.

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Date Posted: 12 December 2016