Dryden's general quality and a large part of his achievement are happily summarized in Lowell's epigram
that he 'was the greatest poet who ever was or ever could be made wholly out of prose.
, with its faint whiff of the eighties, meant nothing.
The machinery it has set up for the detection of crime is miserably ineffective--and yet only invent a moral epigram
, saying that it works well, and you blind everybody to its blunders from that moment.
He spends the whole day in settling whether Homer expressed himself correctly or not in such and such a line of the Iliad, whether Martial was indecent or not in such and such an epigram
, whether such and such lines of Virgil are to be understood in this way or in that; in short, all his talk is of the works of these poets, and those of Horace, Perseus, Juvenal, and Tibullus; for of the moderns in our own language he makes no great account; but with all his seeming indifference to Spanish poetry, just now his thoughts are absorbed in making a gloss on four lines that have been sent him from Salamanca, which I suspect are for some poetical tournament.
This volume presents 1,883 epigrams
that were published during the calendar year 2013 or were published in earlier years but that editors missed for the appropriate volume.
Thus, the appearance of the first full-length study of the epigrams
is a matter of some moment.
We recall the verdict of Georg Luck, who criticised Palladas' epigrams
for their shallow pessimism and eccentric invective, which he regarded as 'not balanced by a sense of values which recognizes the good and the beautiful next to the corrupt and the ridiculous in human life', and rather the symptom of a disease or neurosis which distorted life like a carnival mirror.
Following the introduction is a series of selected epigrams
in the original Latin, vocabulary notes, and maps and illustrations.
Hess argues that epigrams
should refer to a certain material object, and some certainly do, as is confirmed by David Rijser in "The Practical Function of High Renaissance Epigram
: The Case of Raphael's Grave," Maarten Jansen in "Epigramma cultum and the Anthologia Palatina: Case Studies from Michael Marullus' Epigrammata" and Moniek van Oosterhout, "Hugo Grotius and the Epigram
Francisco Rico, one of the world's foremost scholars of Petrarch, has edited twelve of the epigrams
known to us.
This time, the editor has the assistance of Daniel Delas for the French translation of the epigrams
, while Jean-Claude Ternaux is largely responsible for the epistles, aided by Guillot in the annotations.
Finally James Doelman has excavated new information on the 'War of the Theatres' by digging into the Latin epigrams
in Charles Fitz-Geffry's Affaniae (1601).
has to do with a constitutive ambivalence about just
One difference is that, amid the carnage, Patinkin's lofty voice-overs cite epigrams
from philosophers and statesmen.
His writings, marked by their double impact of long soaring sentences and sudden lapidary epigrams
, were as practical as his life.