Virgil's 'The Aeneid' Book II Analysis and Translation GCSE - Lines 624-638

A collection of notes analysing in detail word order, word choice and sound in Virgil's 'The Aeneid' made by a GCSE student for others who are taking the subject.

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Points to make on lines 624 ­ 638 of Virgil's `The Aeneid'


tum vero omne mihi visum considere in ignis

Ilium et ex imo verti Neptunia Troia: 625

ac veluti summis antiquam in montibus ornum

cum ferro accisam crebrisque bipennibus instant

eruere agricolae certatim, illa usque minatur

et tremefacta comam…

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Word order:
Line 630:

`Vulneribus' (`by its wounds') begins the line to create emphasis and, as the verb is moved
from the end to the front, it gives the impression that the line itself has been wounded or
disfigured and thus the reader can relate to what is going on.…

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could also have been deliberately chosen to fit in with the next line, when Neptune is spoken
of. It is ironic that Neptune's city, Troy, is said to sink, almost like a ship would sink in his
waters. ...Or it could just be a coincidence and `to sink' has no…

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