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The Poet's Voice : Essays on Poetics and Greek Literature - Simon Goldhill

The Poet's Voice

Essays on Poetics and Greek Literature

Paperback Published: 1st April 1991
ISBN: 9780521395700
Number Of Pages: 384

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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 desire; the legacy of the past and the idea of influence. Detailed readings of major works of Greek literature show how richly rewarding and revealing this approach can be. The author makes liberal use of critical writings from areas of study other than Classics and focuses on problems central to contemporary critical debate. His book is uniquely placed to bring together modern and ancient poetics in a way that is enlightening for both. The work is written as much for the serious scholar of literary criticism as for the Classicist.

Prefacep. ix
The poet hero: language and representation in the Odysseyp. 1
Recognitionp. 1
Naming and disguisep. 24
Telling a talep. 36
The voice of the bardp. 56
Intimations of immortality: fame and tradition from Homer to Pindarp. 69
Critical exchangesp. 72
The revisionary gleamp. 93
Poetics and politicsp. 108
The limits of praise and the praise of limitsp. 128
Comic inversion and inverted commas: Aristophanes and parodyp. 167
The contest of public voicesp. 167
Carnival and licencep. 176
Speaking outp. 188
Purloining the poet's voicep. 201
Framing, polyphony and desire: Theocritus and Hellenistic poeticsp. 223
The programmatic voicep. 225
The pastoral framep. 246
The lover's voice: the subject of desirep. 261
Courting famep. 272
The paradigms of epic: Apollonius Rhodius and the example of the pastp. 284
Back to the futurep. 284
Opening and closing the text: singing and signingp. 286
Exemplarity (in brackets)p. 301
The explanation of the past: aetiology and the human sciencesp. 321
Bibliographyp. 334
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780521395700
ISBN-10: 0521395704
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st April 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.44  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.59

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