07-10-03 --- LTWL19A Lecture 3

07-10-03 --- LTWL19A Lecture 3 - 19A Lecture 2 Homer's...

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19A Lecture 2 – 07-10-03 Homer’s Poems as Oral Poetry 1. Oral Poetry a. Definition and Characteristics i. Fixed meter ii. Tend to sing (always a performance) iii. Contain 1. formulae a. exist in a formulaic system b. i. Epithets are chosen based on their position, metrically, in a given line iv. type-scene (repetition ) 1. feasting 2. sacrificing to the Gods 3. arming for battle b. Milman Parry (scholar) i. Classics at Harvard ii. 1930: decided Homer’s poetry was oral iii. Went to discover oral poetry tradition… 1. A bard composed a poem ‘on the spot’ and it was the length of the Odyssey(?) iv. Parry studied the training of bards in Yugoslavia c. Training of an oral poet i. Three Stages 1. Began in Boyhood: a. Child would listen a lot, pay attention to words; “inviting it” b. Would learn heroes names, palaces, epithets, etc. c. Learns repeated themes, meter, etc. 2.
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07-10-03 --- LTWL19A Lecture 3 - 19A Lecture 2 Homer's...

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