David West (1926-2013), The Imagery and Poetry of Lucretius
(Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1969), pp. 9-10:
is, in itself', according to Dryden,
height and life of poetry.'
This is true of the poetry of
Lucretius. Yet his images are frequently
not explained by
and not respected by translators.
writing expressly on his imagery have done little more than
pass general judgments
by lists of paraphrased
examples. Popular though it is among writers on classical
kills poetry, and in Lucretius (where
so much depends upon the acuity of the detail), it mutilates