Sound, Sense, and Rhythm: Listening to Greek and Latin Poetry

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Princeton University Press, 2004 M01 25 - 191 páginas

This book concerns the way we read--or rather, imagine we are listening to--ancient Greek and Latin poetry. Through clear and penetrating analysis Mark Edwards shows how an understanding of the effects of word order and meter is vital for appreciating the meaning of classical poetry, composed for listening audiences.


The first of four chapters examines Homer's emphasis of certain words by their positioning; a passage from the Iliad is analyzed, and a poem of Tennyson illustrates English parallels. The second considers Homer's techniques of disguising the break in the narrative when changing a scene's location or characters, to maintain his audience's attention. In the third we learn, partly through an English translation matching the rhythm, how Aeschylus chose and adapted meters to arouse listeners' emotions. The final chapter examines how Latin poets, particularly Propertius, infused their language with ambiguities and multiple meanings. An appendix examines the use of classical meters by twentieth-century American and English poets.


Based on the author's Martin Classical Lectures at Oberlin College in 1998, this book will enrich the appreciation of classicists and their students for the immense possibilities of the languages they read, translate, and teach. Since the Greek and Latin quotations are translated into English, it will also be welcomed by non-classicists as an aid to understanding the enormous influence of ancient Greek and Latin poetry on modern Western literature.

 

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Contenido

HOMER I POETRY AND SPEECH
1
FRANKEL AND PARRY
2
FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR AND THE GRAMMAR OF SPEECH
9
HOMERIC STYLE IN TENNYSONS MORTE DARTHUR
14
HOMERIC STYLE IN THE DUELS OF ACHILLES
18
HOMER II SCENES AND SUMMARIES
38
THE BOOK DIVISIONS
39
THE PARAGRAPH DIVISIONS
47
THE THIRD CHORAL SONG AGAMEMNON 681781
88
THE REST OF THE AGAMEMNON AND OF THE TRILOGY
95
POETRY IN THE LATIN LANGUAGE
99
AMBIGUITY IN LATIN VERSE
105
PROPERTIUS 119
109
AFTERWORD
125
TENNYSONS MORTE DARTHUR
129
CONTINUITY IN MRS DALLOWAY
149

JOINING EPISODE TO EPISODE
53
CONTINUITY AND ORAL POETICS
58
MUSIC AND MEANING IN THREE SONGS OF AESCHYLUS
62
THE FIRST CHORAL SONG AGAMEMNON 104257
71
THE SECOND CHORAL SONG AGAMEMNON 367488
81
THE PERFORMANCE OF HOMERIC EPISODES
151
CLASSICAL METERS IN MODERN ENGLISH VERSE
166
REFERENCES
179
INDEX
189
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Mark W. Edwards is Emeritus Professor of Classics at Stanford University. He is the author of Homer: Poet of the Iliad and Volume 5 of The Iliad: A Commentary.

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