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CLAS 131 Notes 18

CLAS 131 Notes 18 - CLAS 131 Notes 18 Aeschylus Agamemnon...

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CLAS 131 Notes 18 Aeschylus, Agamemnon Greek tragedy as a highly stylized spectacle, combining poetry, visual elements, music, and dance Aeschylus: ‘high’ style - large roles for chorus - slow build-up of tension leading to scenes of high intensity - language difficult, dense, rich with verbal imagery Image, Plot, Theme Be able to: - identify some of the important sets of verbal images that Aeschylus uses in the play - explain the relation of this imagery to the plot and themes of the play Verbal Imagery Watchman (2-4): ‘I’ve spent a whole year up here, watching,/ propped up on my elbows, on the roof/ of this house of Atreus, like some dog.’ - Simile: ‘A comparison of two very different things using the words ‘as’ or ‘like’. Watchman (34-36): ‘Just bring my King home and let me clasp/ his most welcome hand in mine. As for the rest, I’m saying nothing, a great ox is standing on my tongue.’ - Metaphor: ‘A figure of speech in which a term is transferred from the object it
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