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Poet's Voice Essays on Poetics and Greek Literature

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ISBN-10: 0521395704

ISBN-13: 9780521395700

Edition: 1991

Authors: Simon Goldhill

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"The object of this book," writes the author in his Preface, "is to investigate how poetry and the figure of the poet are represented, discussed, contested within the poetry of ancient Greece." Dr. Goldhill seeks to discover how ancient authors broached the questions: From what position does a poet speak? With what authority? With what debts to the past? With what involvement in the present? Through a series of interrelated essays on Homer, lyric poetry, Aristophanes, Theocritus and Apollonius of Rhodes, key aspects in the history of poetics are discussed: tale telling and the representation of man as the user of language; memorial and praise; parody, comedy and carnival; irony, masks and…    
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Book details

List price: $59.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The poet hero: language and representation in the Odyssey
Naming and disguise
Telling a tale
The voice of the bard
Intimations of immortality: fame and tradition from Homer to Pindar
Critical exchanges
The revisionary gleam
Poetics and politics
The limits of praise and the praise of limits
Comic inversion and inverted commas: Aristophanes and parody
The contest of public voices
Carnival and licence
Speaking out
Purloining the poet's voice
Framing, polyphony and desire: Theocritus and Hellenistic poetics
The programmatic voice
The pastoral frame
The lover's voice: the subject of desire
Courting fame
The paradigms of epic: Apollonius Rhodius and the example of the past
Back to the future
Opening and closing the text: singing and signing
Exemplarity (in brackets)
The explanation of the past: aetiology and the human sciences