Abstract

In this paper, I account for Catullus' use of the choliambic meter in poem 8 and show how his redeployment of this iambic meter impacts our understanding of genre. Seeing meter as an integral formal feature of the genre of Iambos, I argue that Catullus' use of this meter encodes generic features. In poem 8, those features are seen to be iambic distance and the concomitant iambic voice, characterized by a self-conscious multiplicity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2160-5157
Print ISSN
1040-3612
Pages
pp. 65-92
Launched on MUSE
2011-05-27
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2021
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