Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis open access



First Advisor

Willis A. Salomon

Second Advisor

Timothy M. O'Sullivan


Poetic performance does not just refer to the public recitation of a prepared work of poetry. Poems bear witness to and construct acts of social performance and contribute to the creation of personae. Because it commonly draws attention to its audiences and speakers, lyric poetry is particularly suitable for such performances. In their respective lyric poetry, Horace and Marvell explore constructions of private lyric spaces withdrawn from their socio-historical contexts, the public sphere. While these spaces therefore seem separate from this public sphere, the two spheres are intertwined: these private spaces are shaped by, but also shape the public.