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The Language Of Grief And The Poetics Of Conjugal Mourning: From Euripides ( Alcestis, Transl. Buchanan) To Joachim Du Bellay (Tumuli [Poematum Libri Quatuor], 1558)

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This chapter examines modalities and issues of 'appropriation' of the Greek-Latin Classical tradition, as illustrated by Joachim Du Bellay's Poematum libri quatuor. It looks at questions of multiple, diverse 'appropriation' of elements of that tradition stretching from the Alcestis of Euripides and the amatory verses of the Roman love elegists, as well as from funeral epigrams of the Greek Anthology, and even a Latin funeral inscription of the reign of Tiberius, known to Boccaccio. However, this legacy, discernible as it may well be in Du Bellay's Latin poems, and in the Tumuli of these Poemata, is itself one mediated by and in dialogic relation with, a more recent, no less relevant cultural context. The chapter examines intricately intertextual perspectives upon the poetics of conjugal love, friendship and mourning, present in Du Bellay's Poemata.

Keywords: Alcestis; conjugal mourning; Euripides; grief; Joachim Du Bellay; Poematum libri quatuor; poetics; Tumuli



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