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18 - Hellenistic poetry

Poetry had experienced a radical shift of direction by the Hellenistic period. Hellenistic poetry could find constant intrinsic interest in topics and attitudes drawn from 'low' life, rural and urban, matters vulgar and even grotesque. The most important intellectual figure in the early years of the new Hellenistic world was Philetas from the east Greek island of Cos. Philetas was the first major writer who was both poet and scholar, and secured an instant reputation in both fields. Philetas and Callimachus were the only two Hellenistic authors to be classed in the elegiac canon, and even from the little that is still extant of his poetry Philetas' direct influence on Callimachus and Apollonius Rhodius can be clearly discerned. Among his contemporaries and succeeding generations of writers Philetas reputation was outstanding: his fellow-citizens on Cos erected a statue of him in characteristic pose and Theocritus and Callimachus refer to him explicitly as an acknowledged classic.
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