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  • Ovid's Banquet of Sense

    ovid’s banquet of sense
    george chapman

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    A burlesque masterpiece. Ovid’s Banquet of Sense was published in 1595, and in the 117-stanza poem Chapman responds to contemporary erotic verse including Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella and Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis. Based on Ovid’s erotic poetry (specifically his Amores), Chapman describes Ovid sensual experience as he watches Corinna bathing. The burlesque poem was popular enough at the time to be republished in 1639.