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Hmmm... I did Latin at school (sometime in the middle of the last century) and all I can remember is "Amo, Amas, Amat"

This book does what it says on the tin - you get the flow of the poetry, pick up some of the language and learn about the history of the poets and their poetry. Having a bit of Latin (and I did remember more as I read through the book!) certainly helps.

Very entertaining and informative book - which has spurred me on to revisit my Latin text books!
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on 13 May 2013
My attention was drawn to this because I'm teaching Milton and wanted to be able explore his Latinisms in more detail. My Latin is very basic and this seemed just what I needed. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand more about where the technicalities in English poetry come from. The insight into Latin poetry is a vision into another cultural world and I can see mee brushing up my Latin in the very near future.
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VINE VOICEon 16 April 2013
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This might sound like a daunting title, but it's a good aim - with a bit of guidance, you actually can get quite a good sense of the sound, rhythms and tricks of Latin verse without actually knowing the language that well. You need a sound feel for grammar and poetry, and at times it's a little like deciphering a crossword clue, but it works well mainly thanks to his immense enthusiasm for his subject and ability to pick apart the verse without dissecting it to death. You also get a good overview of some of Rome's greats, and much of this (especially Catullus) is well worth the effort.

My only gripe would be a slightly odd reluctance in the opening chapter to make any reference at all to use of Latin in the church - when talking about use of Latin through the ages to the modern day this feels a bit pig-headed. This is a small point though - this is a very good read for students of poetry or just interested readers.
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VINE VOICEon 19 May 2013
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The clue here is at the end of the title '...if you can't read Latin yet.'It is aimed at those serious about their Classics, rather than a general reader, and would perhaps be of most interest to a student of Classical Studies, whose language skills are weak, or to a student of English wanting to to broaden his/her knowledge of poetry.

Quite a lot of knowledge of critical and literary terminology is assumed - the scope of the book would be broader if the glossary of terms were fuller. I can see this being read below undergraduate level, or perhaps by a very bright Sixth Former.
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on 3 September 2013
A superb exposition of how to approach Latin poetry. It takes you fairly deep into issues of poetics, style and interpretation, without requiring the reader to be a Latin scholar: indeed, it can be understood by people with next to no knowledge of Latin. It is easy to follow provided you put in a little bit of concentration. I wish this book had been available when I was at school - but it is suited to anyone interested in poetry, not just students. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 6 November 2014
Very interesting literary commentaries on extracts from some of the most relevant Latin Poetry. It is easy to read and enjoyable. A must have for anyone interested on Latin Poetry/Literature, but specially for students.
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on 3 September 2013
Fascinating and extremely well written. If you know a small amount of Latin it is even more interesting but that is not necessary. A brilliant introduction which has inspired me to read more (and there is a useful further reading section at the back as well).
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