The Making of the Odyssey

Hardcover | November 7, 2014

byM. L. West

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The poet of the Odyssey was a seriously flawed genius. He had a wonderfully inventive imagination, a gift for pictorial detail and for introducing naturalistic elements into epic dialogue, and a grand architectural plan for the poem. He was also a slapdash artist, often copying verses from theIliad or from himself without close attention to their suitability. With various possible ways of telling the story bubbling up in his mind, he creates a narrative marked by constant inconsistency of detail. He is a fluent composer who delights in prolonging his tale with subsidiary episodes, yethis deployment of the epic language is often inept and sometimes simply unintelligible.The Making of the Odyssey is a penetrating study of the background, composition, and artistry of the Homeric Odyssey. Martin West places the poem in its late seventh-century context in relation to the Iliad and other poetry of the time. He also investigates the traditions that lie behind it: theorigins of the figure of Odysseus, and folk tales such as those of the One-eyed Ogre and the Husband's Return.

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The poet of the Odyssey was a seriously flawed genius. He had a wonderfully inventive imagination, a gift for pictorial detail and for introducing naturalistic elements into epic dialogue, and a grand architectural plan for the poem. He was also a slapdash artist, often copying verses from theIliad or from himself without close attenti...

Martin Litchfield West was a Fellow and Praelector in Classics at University College, Oxford from 1963 to 1974, then a Professor of Greek at the University of London until 1991, then a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Since his retirement in 2004 he has been an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls. HM The Queen appointed h...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198718365

ISBN - 13:9780198718369

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PrefaceAbbreviations1. Conclusions2. Resourceful Odysseus3. The Odyssey in Context4. The Poet and his Art5. The Poem in the Making6. Proof of the PuddingBibliographyIndex