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STYLISTIC FILE

 

ARCHAISMS quicum (in place of quocum, used even by Cicerone) 2, 2
oraclum (in place of oraculum) 7,5
qui (in place of quomodo) 72,7
potis est (in place of potest fieri) 72,7

 

CATULLIAN STYLE venustiorum (use of comparative at the end of hendecasyllable) 3, 2
tam multa basia basiare (use of the accusative of inner object) 11, 9
sonitu suopte (Catullian far-fetched expression: alliteration and reinforcement of adjective) 51, 10
Catulle (apostrophe to himself, frequent in poems) 11, 1; 51(b),1
solaciolum (diminutive) 2, 7
ocelli (diminutive) 3, 18

 

FIGURES OF SPEECH 
  • paronomasia :
         it...iter (words that have the same root) 3, 11
         male...malae (paronomasia) 3, 1
  • hypallage :
         aestuosi (is related to Iovis instead of oraclum) 7, 5
         ingrato (is related to amore instead of the woman) 76, 6
  • litotes :
         nec puella nolebat 8, 7
         non bona 11, 16
  • anaphora :
         sive 11, 2-9
  • hyperbole :
         simul...trecentos 11, 18
  • oxymoron :
         lumina nocte 51, 12
         ingrato (the adjective forms oximoro with gaudia) 76, 6
         subito (placed near to longum forms oximoro) 76,13
  • hendiadys :
         pestem perniciemque
    76,20
  • simile :
         11, 23-24

 

GREEK POETS candidi soles (frequent in Greek poets: Aeschilus, Sophocles) 8, 3
fugere ...sectare 8, 10
ut (grecism in place of ubi) 11, 3
septemgeminus (cfr. Aeschilus) 11, 7
morbum (cfr. Sophocles., Trach. 491 e Euripides, Hipp. 767) 76, 25

 

Michela Dal Bosco, Sara Roccabianca e Alice Zamberlan