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Ovid's Metamorphoses

Ovid’s Metamorphosis stands alone among Roman poetry for of all the great Roman poets he was the least interested in celebrating and sustaining the Roman ideal. In Ovid's Metamorphosis he preferred not to write about love or to dedicate his art to witty, entertaining poetry. Metamorphosis is about change through bleak and brutal events, death and suffering are pervasive throughout. Ovid's Metamorphoses Ovid triumphs in Metamorphosis being a long lasting and epic poem that has been scrutinized since its creation.

For example, in Ovid's Metamorphosis the rape of Proserpine or the deadly anger of Medea or the deceitfulness of Ulysses or the nature of the Olympian deities and so on, do not appear to reveal anything serious about the nature of the world.  They are just good stories, entertaining because of the way Ovid tells them and because they add variety to the sequence.  Ovid's Metamorphosis are, if you like, merely literary.  What provides the deeper meaning for the poem is the narration. To begin with, the narrator of the poem often teases us about the reliability of what he is saying.

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