ELKINS LECTURE ON THE ILIAD

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ELKINS LECTURE ON THE ILIAD Lyric poetry is different from epic poetry Lyric poetry in the Iliad is often seen in the lamentation over the dead -there is a consolation in the repetition…different people die, but they all die and the same song is sung for all of them Epic> we don’t know what people are thinking, feeling Lyric> the beginning entrance into expressing people’s feelings Lyric will talk about what it means to suffer/be in pain, and what knowledge we get from pain. ..ultimately, that we will all die Archilochus begins to question (via poetry) the Homeric code, the virtue of battle…the gods may be happy, but we are not…dead men are forgotten, value life instead Archilochus says try not to do too much (Aristotle also said so)…against the Homeric code of doing much to acquire glory Unlike the epic, the lyric celebrates the ordinary Sappho- female Greek poet In epic, if a person is of 2 minds a god usually comes down and settles it
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course IPHS 100 taught by Professor Elkins during the Spring '08 term at Kenyon.

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