Journal 27

Journal 27 - sword or time can not blot the power of his...

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As I read the last book of Ovid, it was quite noticeable that his tale was coming to an end and his goal now became trying to unify all the myths that he wrote about into one main idea so that the reader could understand the overreaching point of his Metamorphoses and how it related to the culture and society of his time. His main purpose is described by Pythagoras in his story: All things change into different forms, but even after death, they continue to exist. Finally, after learning his purpose, the Epilogue describes he incorporates himself into his own myth. My goal here is to describe how even though they are not the most important; they provide the framework for his confidence in his work. The first three lines of the Epilogue are magnificent and were written to show how Ovid will always live. It was necessary to start with the wrath of Jove because he is the all-powerful god that controls that fate of all humans and the one god that, with no question, should be able to stop anything from growing or gaining any fame. Secondly, fire,
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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.

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