Cento

Poetry made up of lines borrowed from established authors. Ausonius has a nuptial idyll composed from verses selected from Virgil. (Latin, cento, patchwork.)

The best known are the Homerocentones (3 syl.), the Cento Virgilianus by Proba Falconia (4th century), and the Cento Nuptiälis of Ausonius. Metellus made hymns out of the Odes of Horace by this sort of patchwork. Of modern centos, the Comédie des Comédies, made up of extracts from Balzac, is pretty well known.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Cento from Fact Monster:

  • Turkey - Information on Turkey — geography, history, politics, government, economy, population statistics, culture, religion, languages, largest cities, as well as a map and the national flag.
  • Turkey, country, Asia and Europe: History - History Although Anatolia (the western portion of Asian Turkey) is one of the oldest inhabited ...
  • Pakistan - Pakistan Profile: People, Historical Overview, Government and Political Organization, National Security, Economy, Foreign Relations, U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Related Content