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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: July 2019

Chapter 4 - Loving Writing

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      • Loving Writing
      • Ellen Oliensis, University of California, Berkeley
      • Book: Loving Writing/Ovid's <I>Amores</I>
      • Online publication: 01 July 2019
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108687027.005
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      • Loving Writing
      • Ellen Oliensis, University of California, Berkeley
      • Book: Loving Writing/Ovid's <I>Amores</I>
      • Online publication: 01 July 2019
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108687027.005
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      • Loving Writing
      • Ellen Oliensis, University of California, Berkeley
      • Book: Loving Writing/Ovid's <I>Amores</I>
      • Online publication: 01 July 2019
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108687027.005
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Summary

Chapter takes up masochism at the level of literary form, focusing on Naso’s resistance to closure and desire for perpetually renewed agitation , as manifested in 1) his beloved verse form, the elegiac couplet (in which the cadence of the hexameter is twice suspended); 2) his finessing of possible endpoints within the book, especially at book junctures; and 3) his self-defeating deployment of rhetorical persuasion (a failure that ensures the need for more rhetoric). Key poems: Amores 1.1, 3.1, 1.4, 1.5, 3.7, 1.11