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Poetic Genres—The Cento: Theory
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A cento is a text that is wholly composed of passages taken from other (often canonical) texts to form a new, continuous message. Some centos will explicitly me…

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Deneire, Tom, “Poetic Genres—The Cento: Theory”, in: Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World, General Editor Craig Kallendorf. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2014
First print edition: ISBN:9789004265721

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