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date: 22 September 2020

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This chapter adopts a broad definition of Latin “lyric poetry” to include elegiac verse; lyric verse in the tradition of Horace and/or Pindar; and shorter lyrics in the neo-Catullan tradition. Since Chapter 5 is devoted to epigrams and occasional poetry, this chapter avoids lengthy discussion of dedicatory or descriptive verse keyed to specific occasions, but it does include discussion of the possible social and political purposes of Neo-Latin lyric poetry of all kinds. The chapter also considers the specific role played by the formation and publication of lyric poetry in carefully designed collections and sequences, a practice adopted across Europe by most of the poets under discussion. Examples are drawn for discussion and illustration from a range of poets from the time of Petrarch to around 1700, and from a variety of European countries including Italy, France, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

Keywords: lyric, ode, elegy, Horace, Catullus, Pindar, Ovid

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