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Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse Hardcover – 9 Dec 2010

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All composers of Latin verse should read Llewelyn Morgan's Musa Pedestris. It is quite simply the best book ever written on Latin metrics. (Barry Baldwin, Vates, Journal of New Latin Poetry)

This brilliant book will be of considerable interest to all readers of Roman poetry. Wielding a vast array of metrical scholarship and possessed of a fine literary sensibility ... splendidly presented. (James Morwood, Journal of Classics Teaching)

[a] seductively written book ... the prose is so stylish ... Morgan writes in beautiful, unpredictable waves (Joshua T. Katz, Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

Excellent and timely ... While there is much to be learned from the minutiae scattered throughout the book, Morgan's main mission is much more ambitious, for he argues that the poet's choice of metre is a catalyst, giving the alert reader certain specific expectations about the tone and content of the poem as a whole ... Although the book is written as a wake-up call to critics, Morgan presents his arguments in an admirably non-confrontational style, and is always aware of the subjectivity inherent and inevitable in his thesis. (J.C McKeown, Times Literary Supplement)

a rewarding and a genuine stimulus for future research. ... M's eloquent defence of why and how 'metre matters' can only be salutary to modern classical scholarship more broadly. (David Butterfield, Journal of Roman Studies)

Musa Pedestris is full of learning and contains much of value (Richard F. Thomas, Phoenix)

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Llewelyn Morgan is University Lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature, Oxford University and a Fellow of Brasenose College

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