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By Simon Goldhill

"The item of this book," writes the writer in his Preface, "is to enquire how poetry and the determine of the poet are represented, mentioned, contested in the poetry of historical Greece." Dr. Goldhill seeks to find how historical authors broached the questions: From what place does a poet converse? With what authority? With what money owed to the earlier? With what involvement within the current? via a chain of interrelated essays on Homer, lyric poetry, Aristophanes, Theocritus and Apollonius of Rhodes, key points within the heritage of poetics are mentioned: story telling and the illustration of guy because the person of language; memorial and compliment; parody, comedy and carnival; irony, mask and wish; the legacy of the previous and the assumption of effect. particular readings of significant works of Greek literature exhibit how richly worthwhile and revealing this strategy will be. the writer makes liberal use of severe writings from components of research except Classics and makes a speciality of difficulties important to modern serious debate. His e-book is uniquely positioned to compile glossy and old poetics in a manner that's enlightening for either. The paintings is written as a lot for the intense student of literary feedback as for the Classicist.

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