'Sonnets to Morpheus'

Statius, Silvae 5.4 (Ad Somnum) and Three Renaissance Imitations

It is a remarkable fact that Statius' best known and most admired poem, Silvae 5.4, is also his shortest. As if to compensate for this uncharacteristic brevity, at least three Renaissance poets wrote interesting imitations on a much larger scale, Janus Pannonius in Latin elegiacs, Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas in Spanish, and Jacob Balde in Latin Alcaics. I will be very glad to know of others.

Janus Pannonius
Jacob Balde

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