Storied Cities: Literary Imaginings of Florence, Venice, and Rome
Greenwood Press, 1994 - 310 oldal
The analysis points to Florence frequently being depicted in terms of binary oppositions, including Hebraism versus Hellenism, past versus present, stasis versus movement, and light versus darkness. Venetian narratives are commonly infused with motifs relating to dream and unreality, obsession, voyeurism, isolation, melancholia, and death. History is a controlling metaphor for Roman fiction and poetry, combined with the motif of change and, especially, fall from innocence to experience. Ross shows how writers have self-consciously built on the literary conventions set earlier and anticipates that these cities will remain natural loci for continued post-modernist experiment. In a wider theoretical framework, he examines this writing identified with place for the light it sheds on the issue of the importance of setting in literature.
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Two recent American works , Anthony Hecht's long poem " The Venetian Vespers " ( 1980 ) and the section " Glass Blower of Venice " from Malamud's Pictures of Fidelman , look consciously back to the treatment of Venetian motifs in ...
( 49-50 ) 9 The enjambment of modern concrete on ancient stone is cleverly echoed by the poem's conclusion , which mortises a living language to a " dead " one . The Latin words , which play on inscriptions like the one over the portico ...
James Wright , in his prose poem " Poppies in Trajan's Market , " marvels that " [ flor once among the centuries , it is not human blood , this scattering of a wild thing among the stones of a splendid human place " ( Above the River ...
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