The Rape of Lucrece

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The Rape of Lucrece
Petrarch: author of Secretum, Rime Sparse
his beloved, Laura, first saw her in 1327, tells us in Secretum, identity unclear
celebrates her in the Rime Sparse, crowned poet laureate in 1341 (laurel crown)
beauty of the unattainable lady
what difference does it make to tell the story in verse
The argument: prose narrative, telling the story plot
poem: 7-line stanzas of iambic pentameter. what is the nature of poetry, difference
between prose and poetry, why’d he choose the medium of poetry?
how do we distinguish poetry from prose?
often, but not exclusively, poetry is made up of rhyme and meter, it has meter, a pulse. a
pulse that can be said to be heard through the body
some theorists: the nature of poetry has a rhythm, may remind us of song, of our bodies
and how we feel a kind of pulse
the beat of the line, S’s plays. in some cases, the plot and the subplot are distinguished
by the nature of their language. plot = poetry, subplot = prose
Sources (Livy, Ovid)
intertext: the presence of a literary artistic or musical reference hat dynamically interacts
with the work. story of try becomes important for the Renaissance, a classical
genealogy for a whole nation.
key, after rape, she stands looking at a painting of the fall of Troy. we can say: 1. the fall
of Try becomes an intertext, another narrative in poem, once there performs a dynamic
function. similar to what’s happening to Lucrece. Elaborate and complex dialogue
between a host text and a text within
allusion: symptom, a reference to the text within. announce it. it alerts you to a deeper
underlying structure. there’s a larger dynamic intertext at work
our idea of poetic originality, a modern notion dating from period o romantics forward. in
Renaissance, the way you became original was to take a story, or literary event that is
already known and retell it in a new form. principle of repetition but with your own
difference. Like many paintings on the rape, but artists made it their own. S makes
poem new through network of references and allusions
First stanza: Tarquin’s going to visit Lucrece knowing her husband’s stayed behind. Not
only riding a horse, he’s born on the wings of false desire, trustless wings, lust-breathed
Tarquin. it’s as if he’s inhabited by a lust thats’s like a lightless fire. fire underneath the
radar, heat that will cause a huge eruption for Lucrece the chaste and whole future of
Rome.
Rhyme, desire-fire-aspire, sound of words brought together by similarity. one may lead
to another, desire leads to fire, leads to aspiration to ravage.
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Renaissance, the way you became original was to take a story, or literary event that is already known and retell it in a new form. principle of repetition but with your own difference. Like many paintings on the rape, but artists made it their own. S makes poem new through network of references and allusions. First stanza: tarquin"s going to visit lucrece knowing her husband"s stayed behind. Not only riding a horse, he"s born on the wings of false desire, trustless wings, lust-breathed. Tarquin. it"s as if he"s inhabited by a lust thats"s like a lightless fire. fire underneath the radar, heat that will cause a huge eruption for lucrece the chaste and whole future of. Spiritual and mental condition, bot physical status of virginity, but the spirit and integrity. Through the taking of her sexual body (1-7) Tarquin"s ear first infected by lust through language.