CL 101- Notes - After Midterm notes March 2 2007 Poetry...

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After Midterm notes March 2, 2007 Poetry about and by women Semonicle – different types of women (dog, monkey, donkey) Like a fable, folkloric feel Vivid images Balance between all the negatives and the one positive Ie. A bad wife permeates through all parts of a Greek man’s life Good wife is really only good for domestic side – no real public upside Best thing you can say about a woman is that no one talks about her Makes Penelope in Odyssey stand out – even amle Women portrayed as necessary evil Romantic Sense: Upside is potentially so much greater than downside, so its worth it Don’t get sense that it’s worth it in Semonicles Semonicles’ proof that women are all awful -> Helen of Troy (Alcaeus 42, 283, Stesichalus 192 pg 89 poetic retraction, Sappho – Helen is fascinating to Greeks. Good? Bad? Power of love defense Sappho From Lesbos – Lesbain w/capital L, lesbian with lower case l? is it a genuine feeling she has? Poetry was art – not autobiographical MIMESIS – imitation of reality, representation of reality, evoke feelings (of audience) and bring up onw personal experiences How real it is – irrelevant Muses – tell truth, tell false hoods that seem true Alcmanl (Maiden’s Song) Compare Alcman and Sappho Alcman makes poetry for women to perform Emotionally charged Alcmal – Partheneion – song for unmarried girls to perform, ritual song o Myth with a moral, then go into this poem, song about the actual performance itself o Nighttime ritual, sung ina procession, carrying an obkect (plow or robe), trying to get there at dawn. o Talks about two girls – language of praise, highly eroitcm describes as objects of lve by other girls o Girls: Hagesichora (#1) “my heartache”, Agido (#2) like Alcaeus 130 b – beauty contest Alcman 3 – girl is so pretty, I love hr, but she doesn’t look my way.
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March 5, 2007 Aeschylus “Zeus mighty pick axe” – describing Agamemnon “A flame akin to its Trokan ancestor” Eagles “winged hounds” Chorus of old men – “go their 3 footed ways” Used many metaphors to describe Clytemnestra Agamemnon – shipwrecked men see land – reminds us of Odyssey. Clytemnestra is playing Penelope, the role of the good wife Themes of Play: Ambiguity and Irony Clytemnestra calls Agamemnon an adulterer bc he brings back Cassandra. Hwoever Aegistthus is the real adulterer. MIMESIS – representation of reality (Oppostite of epic narrative) Tragedy Greatness of the hero – great stature (ex Agamemnon is vulnerable, we are vulnerable) Pity and fear. Like us but superior to us Changes in fortune, difficulty of maintaing happiness Fate of hero – error in judgement (Not a fatal flaw) interested in trajectory of fortune and happiness Major difference – Chorus o Drama grows out of chorus o DITHYRAMB – song (narrates a myth) for Dionysus, performed by 50 men or boys o One person stands apart form chorus – actor o
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