dixerat: 'ista decent
umeros gestamina nostros,
qui dare certa ferae, dare vulnera possumus hosti,
qui modo pestifero tot iugera ventre prementem
stravimus innumeris tumidum Pythona sagittis.
tu face nescio quos esto contentus amores
inritare tua, nec laudes adsere nostras!'
This passage cites lines 457-462
of Book 1 of Ovid's Metamorphoses. The subject of dixerat is
Apollo and he is addressing Cupid.
1. What is Apollo's point?
2. What one deed does Apollo
believes secures his claim?
3. Define the tone of this little
speech and point to as many literary embellishments and figures of speech as
you can to support your answer. In other words, how does Apollo make
his point? Explain the meaning of and particular usage here of any and all
figures of speech you identify.
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