- The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin
- Notes on Contributors
- Classical Latin—Medieval Latin—Neo-Latin
- Neo-Latin’s Interplay with Other Languages
- Lyric Poetry
- Narrative Poetry
- Epigram and Occasional Poetry
- Political Advice
- Science and Medicine
- Contacts with the Arab World
- Biblical Humanism
- Political Action
- Social Status
- The British Isles
- The German-Speaking Countries
- Iberian Peninsula
- The Low Countries
- East-Central Europe
- Colonial Spanish America and Brazil
- North America
- General References
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Victoria Moul is Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature at King’s College, London. She has published widely on the early modern reception and translation of classical poetry (especially Horace, Virgil and Pindar) and on neo-Latin verse, of which she is a regular translator. She is the editor of Neo-Latin Literature (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
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