5.05 SWIMTAG Example.docx - Virgilu2019s The Aeneid...

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Virgil’s The Aeneid employs several literary devices and elements that enhance the overall narrative and artistic nature of the work. Like most works, these literary elements can be identified using the SWIMTAG method. By utilizing this method, a Latin student or avid reader can begin to understand and appreciate the intricacies of the text that they may have passed over in their initial briefing. The most pressing elements of The Aeneid that revealed themselves to me after using the SWIMTAG method were the uses of sound/meter and tone. Each of these elements add another layer to the seemingly superficial text. Virgil’s use of meter, sound, and elision in the first 11 lines of The Aeneid is brilliant. He utilizes rhythm and varying lengths of syllables to reflect the action of the plot, creating patterns in the readers mind that represent abstract paces and moods. In line 3, Virgil utilizes two elisions in “multum ille et” to represent obstacle and labor. Aeneas is required to overcome the rage of the gods on both land and sea, a feat that prevents the efficient completion of his work. In line 6,

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