The Lyric Epic or the Epic Lyric: Magnus Rönnow’s Poem on the Battle at Narva
2008 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
In the Great Nordic war (1700–21) Sweden fought against an alliance consisting of Denmark, Saxony-Poland, and Russia, whose aim was to reduce the Swedish dominance in the Baltic region. The first years of the war were successful for Sweden, which is richly reflected in the Neo-Latin poetry of the period. In the battle at Narva, held in 1700, Sweden won her most impressive victory: under the command of young Charles XII, 10,000 Swedes defeated 40,000 Russians. This gave birth to many orations, poems and pamphlets. Magnus Rönnow’s In victoriam Narvensem is one of these works. Written in Alcaics, the poem has a lyric Horatian tone, but the length (496 lines) and the purpose make it epic also. Rönnow’s lists of troops and officers, which are the Homeric “ship catalogues” in miniature, contribute to the epic character of the work. Combining the lyric and the epic, the author succeeds in creating a beautiful piece of panegyric poetry.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Neo-Latin, early modern literature, Horace, generic enrichment
Research subject Latin
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279830OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279830DiVA: diva2:909035
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