The Pharsalia | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by W. R. Johnson

Lucan
This literature criticism consists of approximately 38 pages of analysis & critique of The Pharsalia.
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Critical Essay by W. R. Johnson

SOURCE: "Erichto and Her Universe" in Momentary Monsters: Lucan and His Heroes, Cornell University Press, 1987, pp. 1-33.

In the following excerpt, Johnson contends that the Pharsalia reflects Lucan's view of the universe as a discordant machine bent on self-destruction.

             But when the planets
In evil mixture to disorder wander,
What plagues, and what portents, what
 mutiny,
What raging of the sea, shaking of earth,
Commotion in the winds, frights, changes,
 horrors,
Divert and crack, rend and deracinate
The unity and married calm of states
Quite from their fixture?
Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida
  1. This outrageous, sour, impossible poem—why, except to still the rumblings of antiquarian appetites&#x...

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