4) The notion of the artist as immortalizer
of the fallen, as the guardian of memory through oral epic or textual memorial, is complicated in the post-Second World War context first by the mass of dead, and then by the Nazi method of dealing with that mass: the crematoria.
Parody thus reigns in this poem as well because both priestly language and the vates have been removed from elevated to more mundane contexts; and while Ovid allows his yates to assume the poses of teacher and immortalizer, he undermines these functions with the almost banal result of their power.
By reducing the immortalizing function of poetry to one-half of an "X-rated" quid pro quo, the poet corrupts as well the vatic immortalizer.
In the closing chapters she briefly plays Boswell to his Johnson in her short-lived role as his immortalizer