The 100 Most Influential Writers of All Time (The Britannica by J. E. Luebering

By J. E. Luebering

The meant viewers is grades 9–12. The titles within the Britannica consultant to the World’s so much Influential humans sequence are prepared chronologically.

Articles, a mixture of new content material and content material drawn from Britannica’s repository, as a rule variety from to 5 pages and are headed with date and place of origin and, the place acceptable, demise. There aren't any article-specific bibliographies or references. every one quantity concludes with a word list, a short further-reading checklist, and an index.

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He used his power to establish a period of peace and stability and endeavoured to reawaken in the Romans a sense of national pride and a new enthusiasm for their ancestral religion and their traditional moral values (bravery, parsimony, duty, responsibility, and family devotion). Virgil, too, felt a deep attachment to the simple virtues and religious traditions of the Italian people. All his life he had been preparing himself to write an epic poem (regarded then as the highest form of poetic achievement), and he now set out to embody his ideal Rome in 35 7 The 100 Most Influential Writers of All Time 7 the Aeneid, the story of the foundation of the first settlement in Italy, from which Rome was to spring, by an exiled Trojan prince after the destruction of Troy by the Greeks in the 12th century BCE.

His poems also record, directly or indirectly, a homosexual affair with a youth named Juventius. Among his longer poems are two marriage hymns; one romantic narrative in hexameters (lines of six feet) on the marriage of Peleus with the sea goddess Thetis; and four elegiac pieces, consisting of an epistle introducing a translation of an elegant conceit by the Alexandrian poet Callimachus, followed by a pasquinade, or scurrilous conversation, between the poet and a door, and lastly a soliloquy addressed to a friend and cast in the form of an encomium, or poem of praise.

Realistic descriptions in the poem of sensual encounters, battles, and storms and other natural phenomena transcend the thrust of classical allusions that permeate the work and make for the high-flown yet fluent style of the poem. Os Lusíadas reveals an astonishing command of language and variety of styles and provides a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary man and poet. Camões also wrote dramatic and lyric poetry. In his dramatic works he tried to combine national and classical tendencies, while his sonnets, elegies, and many other poems, all published posthumously, show the poet’s full powers.

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