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Unformatted text preview: sword or time can not blot the power of his poem. Here, Ovid is appealing to society’s most important things in society: the fire is the light and warmth that help the race to survive, a powerful substance used infinitely; the sword symbolizes the wars that everyone took part in and showed their immense strength, courage and power in which has no effect on the strength of his story; and time represents the past, present and future of the society, where his book will always remain famous and be read. These three things, for Ovid, were too said be able to erode all things but even these as described do not affect the potency of his work. Since these four main objects of society can do nothing to Ovid’s influence, we can essentially skip to the last four words of the Metamorphoses: I shall have life. Ovid will have this life until there are no more lips for which the words of his story can touch because nothing in this world can “blot out this poem”....
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07