This chapter provides the Latin text and a literal English translation of the introduction to Juvenal’s tenth satire and a detailed critical appreciation of those lines (1-55), paying particular attention to poetic aspects such as style, sound, rhythm, diction, imagery, vividness and narrative technique, and also assessing the humour, wit, irony and the force and validity of the satirical thrusts. Questions of text are considered as well, where they are of substantial importance. This chapter considers how effectively these lines perform their introductory function, on top of announcing the poem’s main theme (prayer) and main thesis (humans pray for the superfluous, the meaningless and the pernicious), and how well organized they are.
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