Friday, February 8, 2008

Pensum Secundum--Pyramus and Thisbe

In his commentary, William Anderson says that "it is the program of the Metamorphoses to explore human love through a large variety of narratives, a program so obvious that the poem has been called on "epic of love". (p. 417)

He also notes that the story of Pyramus and Thisbe is a "naive presentation of love here" which "can function as the beginning of a progressive exploration." (ibid.)

Address both of these claims. How does this story fit in "an epic of love"? If the story of Pyramus and Thisbe is a naive presentation of love, what elements of the story could easily be developed for a more mature presentation of love?

As always, cite the Latin from Ovid, translate it, and then make good arguments for your analysis.