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FT-260387-18

Jennifer Laura Ferriss-Hill
University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL 33146-2503)

The Ancient Roman Poet Horace's "Art of Poetry" and the Art of Living

Research and preparation for a book on the Ars Poetica (Art of Poetry), poem by the ancient Roman poet Horace (65-8 BCE).

Horace’s Art of Poetry and the Art of Living approaches Horace’s Ars Poetica (Art of Poetry) as a work of literature in its own right, and one that occupies a key place in the poet’s oeuvre. This 476-line poem has stood for two millennia alongside Aristotle’s Poetics as a canonical work of literary theory, taken largely as what it professes itself to be: a handbook, written under commission, for how to write drama. I argue that it should rather be read in the context of Horace’s other hexameter writings, and in particular as a companion and counterpart to his Satires. Just as throughout the Satires, his earliest poems, Horace encodes literary prescriptions into his advice on how to live well, so I contend that the Ars Poetica, thought to be his final work, may be read as a manual for how to live that masquerades as a treatise on poetics.

Project fields:
Classical Languages; Classical Literature; Literary Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 7/31/2018