hum lec14 - Odyssey Poetry of pleasure and grief I...

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Odyssey Poetry of pleasure and grief I. Introduction Epic storytelling in the Odyssey o Poet – Audience – Characters Multiplied in odyssey, understood as historical relationship between homer and his hero Homer made his living as singer of epic tales, his entertaining of epic tales Characters in story recite epic tales as well, sometimes about Odysseus Nesting box, mirroring relationship o Poetry between Pleasure and Grief Storytelling suspended between the two mental states o Storytelling and Reciprocity Storytelling operate within a relationship of exchange Relationship between poet and audience in story is that of homer and his audience II. Singing and Reciprocity Odysseus and Demodocus: Od. 8.532-54 i. Swamping sustenance for fame Odysseus and Phemius: Od. 22.362-73 i. 1. Heroes owe their fame to poets 2. Phemius begs Odysseus for his life ii. Homer’s Self-Relection 1. gives poet slab of pork, someone requests song about
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HUMANITIES 2 taught by Professor Edwards during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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