The Passion of Laocoön

Allen Grossman

in True-Love

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226309736
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309750 | DOI:
The Passion of Laocoön

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Laocoön was a Trojan priest who was destroyed because he knew the truth (Aeneid II). His knowledge of the truth, if acknowledged by his people, would have saved his city from destruction by the Greeks. Laocoön's story also became the subject of a great work of Greek sculpture. In context of the Laocoön sculpture, this chapter says something about the interest or stake of men and women in poetry. The specific appropriateness of the Laocoön image to the kind of poetics proposed lies in the status assigned to the sculptural image as a “supreme” case of human construction.

Keywords: Laocoön; Greek sculpture; poetry; poetics; human construction; desire

Chapter.  21474 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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