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September 26, 2007 Early Greek Literature: Lyric Poetry Early Greek Lyric Poetry o Lyric: broad category of poetry characterized by Performance context: smaller groups as well as public arenas Poets (most from or connected with Asia Minor) Non-professional poets o Soldiers (Archilochos), statesmen (Solon), teachers (Sappho) Professional poets employed by wealthy patrons, tyrant Form (compared to epic) Much briefer poems; smaller narrative element Less fluid meters (stanza vs. line) Subject matter: tendency to focus on personal moments (love, hate etc.) Overlaps with epic (creation, war on smaller lyric scale) o Lyrics sub-genres: lyric, elegy, iambos Defined in Hellenistic period Previously grouped together as “melic” Beginnings associated with late Geometric-Orientalizing periods Extant poems begin to emerge in 7 th century Probably as epics take shape (concurrent developments) o Survival of texts Nearly all fragmentary (from papyri, quotes by other writers) o Narration: the first person voice (I, we, you) Significance of personal voice (compare “Hesoid”) Autobiography and the biographical fallacy (derive life from poetry) Narrative voice and genre (compare novels, songs) Rise of one-man rule: personal voice corresponds to personal power Emergence of the individual as a concept in politics and arts o Relationship to epic: like epic, defined by performance context
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course CLA 2100 taught by Professor Marks during the Fall '07 term at University of Florida.

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