by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.
Latin Elegiac poetry has always been a particular fascination of mine: Horace, Catullus, Propertius…all stunning poets who created literary gold with the help of their Muses. But one poet always held my fancy more than others: Publius Ovidius Naso, who wrote perhaps one of the most creative and unique collections of elegiac couplets that are extant today: the Heroides. 16 fictional letters (some scholars attribute 21, but this is controversial) from Greek and Roman mythological women to their absent lovers depict every variation of the classic “Dear John” letter and every emotion of a great soap opera: passion, betrayal, scorn, envy, confusion, rage, and more. If you have never had the pleasure of reading Ovid’s Heroides, I highly recommend a few of the following texts on Amazon: Continue Reading