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Chapter 2 reads Shakespeare's most directly Ovidian works, his narrative poems, in relation to their sources in the Metamorphoses and the Fasti.


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Read preview. 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 his magic in The Tempest.

The Heroides are shown to have been vital to Shakespeare's female characters, but it is the Metamorphoses which animate Professor Bate's book, just as they animated the whole of Shakespeare's career. This original and elegantly written book reveals Shakespeare as an extraordinarily sophisticated reader of Ovidian myth and as a metamorphic artist as fluid and nimble as his classical original.

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From reviews of the hardback: 'Jonathan Bate has written the first comprehensive account of Shakespeare's relationship with the poet who influenced him most deeply. His book is a fine example of scholarship put at the service of Shakespeare. Bate is, again and again, brilliant. It also wipes out the memory of static classroom excerpts and reveals Ovid in his full splendour.

This is literary criticism of the highest order.

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Nuttall, London Review of Books. Bate's work is grounded in a solid historical knowledge of the period Bate has produced a fine synoptic treatment, which deserves the widest possible readership. It is here and it is brilliant 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 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 his magic in The Tempest.

The Heroides are shown to have been vital to Shakespeare's female characters, but it is the Metamorphoses which animate the author's book, just as they animated the whole of Shakespeare's career. This original and elegantly written book reveals Shakespeare as an extraordinarily sophisticated reader of Ovidian myth and as a metamorphic artist as fluid and nimble as his classical original.

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