The Stanzaic Architecture of Early Greek Elegy

Hardcover | April 24, 2008

byChristopher A. Faraone

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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 (akind 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 aboutexcellence 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.

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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 (akind of oboe) and used a five-couplet stanz...

Christopher A. Faraone is The Springer Professor of Classics and the Humanities, University of Chicago.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199236984

ISBN - 13:9780199236985

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Internal Structure3. Composition4. Performance5. Improvisation6. Innovation and Archaism7. Revival8. Conclusions