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Measure and Music : Enjambement and Sentence Structure in the Iliad - Carolyn Higbie

Measure and Music

Enjambement and Sentence Structure in the Iliad

Hardcover Published: 29th November 1990
ISBN: 9780198143871
Number Of Pages: 240

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The foundation of this book is a line-by-line analysis of enjambement, or the syntactical relationship between successive verses, in the Iliad. Such a study develops naturally from Milman Parry's work, which sought to show the importance for oral composition, and specifically for Homer, both of the syntactical link between lines and the frequency of each type of enjambement. In contrast to earlier studies, which utilized only portions of the text, Dr. Higbie's book is unique in presenting analyses of the complete poem. In doing so, she makes material available which can be used to answer larger stylistic questions of genre, effect, and the manipulation and enjambing of formulae. Speeches, similes, battle scenes, and catalogues, for example, can be distinguished by the length and structure of the sentences, as well as by the relationship between the individual sentence and the hexameter verse. Moreover, the flexibility and survival of the formula depend in part upon its grammatical construction. The importance of enjambement to Homeric verse makes this book an essential reference work for scholars and students of Homer alike.

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'A definitive study of enjambement in the Homeric poems will find its place on every Homerist's shelves of reference, and whoever refers to Dr Higbie's monograph in the proper place will find plenty of tables (most elegantly set out by OUP) to consult, but they will also soon find themselves actually reading the text.' The Classical Review 'Her book is much to be welcomed, and not only because it helps to fill an important gap in the literature; it is well written and free from jargon, and sets out the argument in a methodical and persuasive manner.' J.T. Hooker, University College of London, The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. CXII, 1992

Prefacep. v
Introductionp. 1
The Study Homeric Enjambementp. 4
Notesp. 19
The Relationship Between Versesp. 28
Notesp. 59
Interpreting the Statisticsp. 66
Notesp. 87
Verse-Internal Boundariesp. 90
Appendix: the Catalogue of Shipsp. 124
Notesp. 144
Formulae and Enjambementp. 152
Notesp. 189
The Construction of Iliad 15.292-331p. 199
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 219
Index Locorump. 225
General Indexp. 230
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ISBN: 9780198143871
ISBN-10: 0198143877
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 29th November 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.46