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2.7. Early Greek Literature: Lyric Poetry Lyric “lyric” < lyra: stringed instrument from time period survival of poems broad category of poetry defined by performance contexts: small groups to public arenas form: brief, less narrative, complex meters; sub-genres: lyric, elegy, iambos sub-genres: lyric, elegy, iambos narration: first-person voice (I, we, you) the biographical fallacy (poet=poetry) narrative voice and genre (compare novels, songs) subject matter: focus on the personal (love, hate etc) significance (compare Hesiodic epic) biographical fallacy lyric in the context of Greek tyranny relationship to epic: overlap (heroes, language etc.) parallel evolution, cross-fertilization lyric in epic: laments over Hektor in the Iliad Lyric Poets geographical connection: many from or connected with Asia Minor nonprofessional: soldiers (Archilochos), statesmen (Solon) professional: emplayed by wealthy patrons, tyrants (Pindar) subject matter: lovesongs, mini-epics, didactic, invective etc. performance contexts: choruses at festivals, weddings, victories
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