“For herself, she wanted sleet and ice, howling winds, thunder to shake the very stones of the Red Keep.
Knife | Grizzly BearWith every blow
Comes another lie
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt (detail), oil and gold leaf on canvas, 1907–1908
It all started when I lost my mother.
No love for myself & no love for another.
I haven’t found any literary memes, so I created one myself. Adjust it, improve it, add to it, etc. Just celebrate world literature!
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literature meme | one epic | Ovid’s Metamorphoses
The Metamorphoses (Latin: Metamorphoseon libri: “Books of Transformations”) is a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, considered his magnum opus. Comprising fifteen books and over 250 myths, the poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework. Although meeting the criteria for an epic, the poem defies simple genre classification by its use of varying themes and tones. Ovid took inspiration from the genre of metamorphosis poetry, and some of the Metamorphoses derives from earlier treatment of the same myths; however, he diverged significantly from all of his models.
Considered one of the most influential works in Western culture, the Metamorphoses has inspired such authors as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dante and Boccaccio. Numerous episodes from the poem have been depicted in masterpieces of sculpture and painting by artists such as Titian. Although Ovid’s reputation faded after the Renaissance, towards the end of the twentieth century there was a resurgence of interest in his work; today, the Metamorphoses continues to inspire and be retold through various media. The first translation of the Metamorphoses in English was by William Caxton in 1480.
“Do I attract you?
Do I repulse you with my queasy smile?
Am I too dirty?
Am I too flirty?
Do I like what you like?”