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Shakespeare and Ovid

Jonathan Bate


This is the first comprehensive account of the relationship between Shakespeare and his favourite poet, Ovid. The author examines the full range of Shakespeare's work, identifying Ovid's presence not only in the narrative poems and pastoral comedies, but also in the Sonnets and mature tragedies. He shows how profoundly creative Ovid's influence was, from the raped Lavinia's turning of the pages of the Metamorphoses in Titus Andronicus and the staging of Pyramus and Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream, to the reanimation of Hermione's statue in The Winter's Tale and Prospero's renunciation of h ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Ovid, narrative poems, pastoral comedies, Sonnets, mature tragedies, Heroides, female characters, Metamorphoses, Ovidian myth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Bate, author
University of Liverpool
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