The Love Poems The Love Poems

The Love Poems

The Amores, Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris

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The Love Poems - Ovid. A translation into English by A. S. Kline. Published with illustrations (various).


The Amores was Ovid’s first book of poetry, consisting of love elegies, involving the possibly-fictitious Corinna. Mildly subversive it was published in 16BC, in five books, but later edited by Ovid into its surviving three-book form. Ovid makes extensive use of humour and parody to celebrate the elegy as a creative mode as deserving of immortality as the Virgilian epic. His gentle humanism is always evident throughout.


The Art of Love, Ars Amatoria, was written in 2AD as a series of elegies purporting to teach young men and women how to succeed in the game of lovemaking. Provocative and light-hearted in tone, it caused offence, and was possibly a factor in, or at least an excuse for, Ovid’s later banishment by Augustus. The whole work gives a lively view of Augustan Rome, while exhibiting the typical charm and beauty of Ovid’s verse.


The Cures for Love, Remedia Amoris, is a companion piece to the Art of Love, suggesting ways of evading the pain of love, and ending relationships. However subtle use of the elegiac form tends to operate counter to this aim, rendering the work as much a celebration of relationship as a series of poems against it. Ovid, the ‘Master of Love’, is here the Doctor, though one in whose cures one suspects he himself placed little faith.


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  • GENRE
    Fiction & Literature
    RELEASED
    2015
    February 15
    LANGUAGE
    EN
    English
    LENGTH
    268
    Pages
    PUBLISHER
    Poetry in Translation
    SELLER
    A Kline
    SIZE
    691.6
    KB

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