The Stanzaic Architecture of Early Greek Elegy (Hardback)
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The Stanzaic Architecture of Early Greek Elegy (Hardback)

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Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 24/04/2008
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In this study of poetic form in early Greek elegy, Christopher A. Faraone argues against the prevailing assumption that it was a genre of stichic poetry derived from or dependent on epic verse. Faraone emphasizes the fact that early elegiac poets composed their songs to the tune of an aulos (a kind of oboe) and used a five-couplet stanza as a basic unit of composition. He points out how knowledge of the elegiac stanza can give us insight into how these poets alternated between stanzas of exhortation and meditation, used co-ordinated pairs of stanzas to construct lengthy arguments about excellence or proper human government, and created generic set pieces that they could deploy in longer compositions. Faraone's close analysis of nearly all the important elegiac fragments will greatly enhance understanding and appreciation of this poetic genre.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199236985
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 x 20 mm


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Faraone's attention to detail, metre, sound effects and language make him a perceptive, subtle and eloquent guide... the book is overall a great success * Richard Rawles, Journal of Hellenic Studies *
Building on nineteenth-century scholarship, Faraone gives us a modern reading of these archaic poems. Anyone interested in archaic Greece on in poetic performance will this book with profit. * Anne Mahoney, The Classical Outlook *
is an interesting book, and Faraone is clearly on to something here * Chris Eckerman, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *

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