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Folk Poetry of Modern Greece - Roderick Beaton

Folk Poetry of Modern Greece

Paperback Published: 20th May 2004
ISBN: 9780521604208
Number Of Pages: 248

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A wide-ranging study of popular poetry and song in the Greek language from the last years of the Byzantine Empire to the present day. The folk poetry of the title includes the songs, composed and handed down by word of mouth, of unlettered villagers, of wandering minstrels with pretensions to professionalism, and, in more recent times, of the poorer inhabitants of Ottoman and Greek cities. The creative period of this folk poetry covers, at the minimum, 500 years of history and a geographical area stretching from Corsica in the west to Cyprus and Trebizond in the east, as well as northwards into the Balkans. This is not a general or theoretical survey of folk poetry, but an exploration, based on literary, historical and sociological evidence, of a single cultural tradition and the forces which have shaped it.

The demotic tradition: the song
Structure of the demotic tradition: the formula
Structure of the demotic tradition: imagery and themes
The emergence of the demotic tradition
Function of the demotic tradition: the songs and history
The songs as myth
One tradition or several?
The historical tradition
Greek folk poetry and writing
Glossary of Greek words transliterated in the text
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ISBN: 9780521604208
ISBN-10: 0521604206
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 20th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.32