Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ursala LeGuin's Lavinia

Story of the woman Aeneas marries on his arrival on the Italian peninsula after leaving Dido. Virgil merely mentions her name. This novel becomes a first person monologue describing her life up to and through her marriage and the raising of their son after the death of Aeneas.

The most interesting part of the novel is her mystical meeting with the spirit of the poet who functions as God or fate by forecasting her future and the future of Rome. In a sense this parallels the actual function of the artist who does indeed function as a God or fate for the characters in the work of art.

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