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Type of work Poetry
Genre Epic poetry of various genres: love, didactic, tragic,
Time and place written Rome, a.d.
Date of first publication
Narrator “Ovid,” a fictionalized version of Ovid, is the overarching narrator.
However, the books are narrated in various voices.
Point of view Varied
Setting (time) Imperial Rome
Setting (place) Rome
Major conflict Mortals and the gods struggle.
Rising action Rome rises.
Climax Rome is founded.
Falling action Ovid predicts a great future for Rome.
Themes The pervasiveness of metamorphoses; the power of art;
the sadness of love
Motifs Storytelling; punishment; reward
Symbols Lost speech
Foreshadowing Pygmalion’s successful creation foreshadows Orpheus’s
reunion with Eurydice; Ovid foreshadows the permanence of his own work.
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