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Another Reality

Metamorphosis and the Imagination in the Works of Ovid, Petrarch, and Ronsard

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Kathleen Anne Perry

Another Reality is a study of the philosophical implications of the literary theme of metamorphosis in the works of Ovid, Petrarch, and Ronsard. For these poets, metamorphosis becomes a means of expressing their scepticism towards repressive intellectual authority, of exploring the value and creative potential of their own subjectivity, and of developing new theories of the imagination. In the works of Ronsard in particular, the imagination becomes the mental faculty most significant for the production of poetry.