Colomb's main intention is to provide what he calls ~a new, historical poetics of the Augustan mock heroic
' to replace the ~modernist' and ~high humanist' readings of the genre which have been dominant of late, and which, it is claimed, have underplayed the circumstantial and personal dimensions of the poems, in the interests of stressing their relation to the epic tradition, and of promoting the ~eternal truths' which they are said to contain.
I have already read a baker's dozen of Vargas Llosa's fiction and his nonfiction, 'Letters to a Young Novelist.' What I love about Vargas Llosa as a wordsmith extraordinaire is his narrative inventiveness and thematic amplitude, the fact that his novels, novellas and short stories are so different from one another in terms of both form and content, ranging from the highly political to the very personal, the esoteric to the erotic, the mock heroic
to the dead serious.
While the peer was full of praise for much of what he saw, he refused to be photographed in front of Raymond Mason's statue of a group of mock heroic
workers in Centenary Square and branded it "disgraceful".
Bouncy and skirling (what wonderful two-hand unisons in the first movement's Toytown march), Osborne wittily conveyed all the work's mock heroics
, and then found unexpected depths in the slow movement's dreamy nocturne.
Without it, New Year's Eve would be a parody, a farce, a bit of mock heroics