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Metamorphoses Scholars have found it difficult to place the "Metamorphoses" in a genre. The poem has been considered as an epic or a type of epic (for example, an anti-epic or mock-epic); a "Kollektivgedicht" that pulls together a series of examples in miniature form, such as the epyllion; a sampling of one genre after another; or a narrative that refuses categorization.
Metamorphoses There is a huge variety among the types of transformations that take place: from human to inanimate object (Nileus), constellation (Ariadne's Crown), animal (Perdix); from animal (Ants) and fungus (Mushrooms) to human; of sex (Hyenas); and of colour (Pebbles). The metamorphoses themselves are often located metatextually within the poem, through grammatical or narratorial transformations. At other times, transformations are developed into humour or absurdity, such that, slowly, “the reader realizes he is being had”, or the very nature of transformation is questioned or subverted. This phenomenon is merely one aspect of Ovid's extensive use of illusion and disguise.
Metamorphoses The Metamorphoses (: "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.
Metamorphoses 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.
Metamorphoses There are three examples of the "Metamorphoses" by later Hellenistic writers, but little is known of their contents. The "Heteroioumena" by Nicander of Colophon is better known, and clearly an influence on the poem — 21 of the stories from this work were treated in the "Metamorphoses". However, in a way that was typical for writers of the period, Ovid diverged significantly from his models. The "Metamorphoses" was longer than any previous collection of metamorphosis myths (Nicander's work consisted of probably four or five books) and positioned itself within a historical framework.
Metamorphoses Some of the "Metamorphoses" derives from earlier literary and poetic treatment of the same myths. This material was of varying quality and comprehensiveness — while some of it was "finely worked", in other cases Ovid may have been working from limited material. In the case of an oft-used myth such as that of Io in Book I, which was the subject of literary adaptation as early as the 5th century BC, and as recently as a generation prior to his own, Ovid reorganises and innovates existing material in order to foreground his favoured topics and to embody the key themes of the "Metamorphoses".
Metamorphoses Commenting on the genre debate, G. Karl Galinsky has opined that "... it would be misguided to pin the label of any genre on the "Metamorphoses"."
Metamorphoses The different genres and divisions in the narrative allow the "Metamorphoses" to display a wide range of themes. Scholar Stephen M. Wheeler notes that "Metamorphosis, mutability, love, violence, artistry, and power are just some of the unifying themes that critics have proposed over the years."
Metamorphoses The "Metamorphoses" has exerted a considerable influence on literature and the arts, particularly of the West; scholar A. D. Melville says that "It may be doubted whether any poem has had so great an influence on the literature and art of Western civilization as the "Metamorphoses"." Although a majority of its stories do not originate with Ovid himself, but with such writers as Hesiod and Homer, for others the poem is their sole source.
Metamorphoses The influence of the poem on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer is extensive. In "The Canterbury Tales", the story of Coronis and Phoebus Apollo (Book II 531–632) is adapted to form the basis for The Manciple's Tale. The story of Midas (Book XI 174–193) is referred to and appears—though much altered—in The Wife of Bath's Tale.