Jonson, Horace and the Classical Tradition Hardback
The influence of the Roman poet Horace on Ben Jonson has often been acknowledged, but never fully explored.
Discussing Jonson's Horatianism in detail, this study also places Jonson's densely intertextual relationship with Horace's Latin text within the broader context of his complex negotiations with a range of other 'rivals' to the Horatian model including Pindar, Seneca, Juvenal and Martial.
The new reading of Jonson's classicism that emerges is one founded not upon static imitation, but rather a lively dialogue between competing models - an allusive mode that extends into the seventeenth-century reception of Jonson himself as a latter-day 'Horace'.
In the course of this analysis, the book provides fresh readings of many of Jonson's best-known poems - including 'Inviting a Friend to Dinner' and 'To Penshurst' - as well as a new perspective on many lesser-known pieces, and a range of unpublished manuscript material.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 258 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 01/04/2010
- Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9780521117425