Greek Lyric - Greek Lyric Poetry Introduction What is Lyric Poetry Greek Lyric Poetry refers to poetry sung to a stringed instrument(usually a lyre

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What is Lyric Poetry? Greek Lyric Poetry refers to poetry sung to a stringed instrument (usually a lyre but also flutes and other stringed instruments) Lyric in this way differs from other styles of poetry like elegiac which are recited aloud Lyric poetry contains several different forms including dithyrambs, (prayers to Dionysus) paeans (sung to Apollo) funeral dirges, wedding songs, encomia, (songs of praise) and epinicia (victory odes)
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Lyric Age The so called “golden age” of Greek lyric poetry spans from 650 to about 450 BC, this is the first period from which the names of individual lyric poets survive It appears that a long period of anonymous lyric poetry preceded this “golden age” There are nine chief lyric poets as established by the Alexandrians and first recorded in 100 BC Alcman, Alcaeus, Anacreon, Bacchylides, Ibycus, Pindar, Sappho, Simonides, Stesichorus We shall concern ourselves with Anacreon, Sappho, and Archilochus
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Lyric poet from Paros, wrote iambics (meter used for jest and ridicule) and elegiacs (love poetry), mercenary soldier
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2011 for the course CLA 3504 taught by Professor Kapparis during the Spring '11 term at University of Florida.

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Greek Lyric - Greek Lyric Poetry Introduction What is Lyric Poetry Greek Lyric Poetry refers to poetry sung to a stringed instrument(usually a lyre

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