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Virgil's Aeneid 3

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English
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ENG150Y1
Professor
David Roberts

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Virgil’s Aeneid (Lecture 3) 2012-10-29  The poetry of the Aeneid o Intensification  Density of Language  Demands interpretation  Inversion of words  162-163 – “you sir now quit at last...  Saying things for a second time. What are things referring to?  Prophesies: difficult to interpret,  68-69 “tough sons have darted us... children’s children”  Interpret very metaphorically,  Not just words to interpret, but events. Is the event a sign? If so, what of?  Characters commonly misinterpret  Language: very heavy influence for interpretation o Pathos  Sympathy (syn + pathos)  Empathy (en + pathos)  Pity, sorrow, passion, shared suffering  Achieves this in several ways  Sharing emotions, transferring mission.  Happens at individual words  159, beginning of book six: “Aeneas went inland to the height... feared by men” o Comparing to the Odyssey, some adjectives would never appear in it. Epithets that have more emotion to them. Words (such as fear) are indications of emotions and affective ideas. The fear induced by the symbol  Symbols are more specific and obvious, not as much implied  pg. 167  Simile  170 “  To create a certain pathos  How the narrator prevents the events (Empathy)  Empathy, entering into the emotional state of another. Entering another’s feelings  The narrator takes it as not only taking these emotions but entering their position. The long first person speeches create this to let the reader enter the characters emotions. o The speech of Dido o Book 4, half of it is of Dido’s emotions for Aeneas  175-176 “among these souls... shaken by her ill fate and pity her” o Aeneas, o The shifting perspective; the gaze switches from him to Dido. Seeing someone else’s gaze is trying to see someone else’s perspective, emotion.
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