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Lucretius Writing Styles in On the Nature of Things

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Epic Features

De rerum natura is a very unusual example of an epic. It lacks many of the epic's typical features, including an expansive setting, a heroic and adventurous figure, and praise for the gods. Still, the language is lofty and lyrical, and Lucretius often utilizes analogies and metaphors to convey his ideas. While he makes frequent allusions to the works of other philosophers, he generally does so to refute their positions rather than to align his work with theirs, as most epics do.

Didactic and Methodical Approach

In presenting his scientific ideas, Lucretius adopts a fitting writing style to complement his ideology. He explains the laws of physics in a methodical, organized manner that gives the reader the feeling that Lucretius is an instructor who is teaching a straightforward lesson. He proves one point, only to build on that point in a later discussion. The poem is didactic...

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