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By Andrew Laird

The amount makes extensively to be had a few vital scholarship at the canonical texts of old rhetoric and poetics. whereas there are various experiences of common tendencies in classical feedback, this assortment bargains direct discussions of fundamental resources, which offer an invaluable significant other to the Russell and Winterbottom anthology, historic Literary feedback. the quantity incorporates a chronology, feedback for additional interpreting, a brand new translation of Bernays' 1857 essay on katharsis, and a big introductory bankruptcy addressing the stress in old literary feedback among its position within the classical culture and its position in modern endeavors to reconstruct historical tradition.

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Dodds, The Greeks and the Irrational (Berkeley, 1951); R. Harriott, Poetry and Criticism before Plato (London, 1969); G. Lanata, Poetica prePlatonica (Florence, 1963); H. Maehler, Die Auffassung des Dichterberufs im frühen Griechentum (Göttingen, 1963). Translations are my own unless otherwise stated. ¤ The Bacchae (New Jersey, 1970), 10. ‹ Those scholars who have discussed the subject of poetic inspiration in general have confused rather than clarified the ancient position. C. M. Bowra, for example, in his Rede Lecture on Inspiration and Poetry (London, 1955) discusses the writing habits of many modern poets and makes some interesting observations on poetic inspiration.

245; Leg. 682a, 719c–d. fl Archil. fr. 120 W can be related to the idea of poetic mania, as several scholars have rightly pointed out; but perhaps one should not press Archilochus too far towards a general furor poeticus: it is the dithyramb he can create when lightningstruck by wine. The old analogy between poetry and prophecy, and in particular the use of verse as a medium for prophecy at Delphi, is also relevant to the origins of the notion of furor poeticus. But the first firm evidence that we have for such a notion dates from the fifth century.

G. Anscombe (Oxford, 1953); see also T. Todorov, tr. C. Porter, Theories of the Symbol (Ithaca, NY, 1982). fi‹ B. , 1996) oVers a substantial study which compensates for some neglect of this subject among ancient literary historians. ) Homer, Aristotle, and Petronius, writing over the duration of roughly 1,400 years yields far more than a conspectus of equivalently diverse authors (Chaucer, Bacon, E. M. Forster) from England between 1300 and 1900. The interconnections of the Graeco-Roman canon perhaps find a better modern counterpart in the literary culture of Russia, where Pushkin has occupied a position somewhat analogous to Homer’s in antiquity: even 20th-century writers and film directors routinely alluded to precursors and to each other.

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