We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.


Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

OK, words are symbols to begin with. (In the sense that a word symbolizes something in the world that it refers to.) But Ovid actually takes this a bit further. He loves calling attention to words, such as place-names, and then using that as an excuse to go into a story about the origin of that name. In this way, words both represent change – because they always lead back to some different, earlier state of affairs – but also the continuity of human memory, since it is words that give us a connection to the past. In addition to his exploration of individual words, Ovid also focuses on language as a key difference between humans and animals.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...