By Line Henriksen

This comparative examine investigates the epic lineage that may be traced again from Derek Walcott's Omeros and Ezra Pound's Cantos via Dante's Divina Commedia to the epic poems of Virgil and Homer, and identifies and discusses intimately a couple of recurrent key topoi. A clean definition of the concept that of style is labored out and awarded, in response to readings of Homer. The research reads Pound's and Walcott's poetics within the mild of Roman Jakobson's notions of metonymy and metaphor, putting their lengthy poems on the respective contrary ends of those language poles. The inspiration of 'epic ambition' refers back to the poetic status connected to the epic style, while the (non-Bloomian) 'anxiety' happens whilst the poet faces not just the chance that his venture may perhaps fail, yet in particular the ethical implications of that ambition and the terror that it will possibly end up presumptuous. The drafts of Walcott's Omeros are the following tested for the 1st time, and a focus is usually dedicated to Pound's inventive techniques as illustrated by means of the drafts of the Cantos. even supposing there has already been an intermittent severe specialise in the 'classical' (and 'Dantean') antecedents of Walcott's poetry, the current research is the 1st to assemble the total variety of epic intertextualities underlying Omeros, and the 1st to learn this Caribbean masterpiece within the context of Pound's success.

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With Plato, Aristotle, logic and writing, the field of signification of genos is expanded to include ‘sex’, ‘gender’, ‘class’, ‘sort’, ‘species’ and ‘kind’. 18 In Homer, the two terms occur forty-eight (geneê) and thirty-six (genos) times respectively. 19 16 Fitzgerald’s translation. Murray’s version of the same passage goes: “But Hippolochus begat me and of him do I declare that I am sprung; and he sent me to Troy and straitly charged me ever to be bravest and pre-eminent above all, and not bring shame upon the race of my fathers, that were far the noblest in Ephyre and in wide Lycia.

Norton, 1975). , viii, 3; ix, 504; ix, 530. 77 Quint, Epic and Empire, 29. Homer and Genre 21 ILIADIC LINEARITY AND SECONDARY EPIC Within the Graeco-Roman epic tradition, the position of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey remains unique. 78 The only long epic to survive intact from the period between Homer and Virgil is the Argonautica of Apollonius of Rhodes. ”79 78 The geneê discussed in this book is the one that traces its line to the first, Homeric components of the Graeco-Roman epic tradition. For the orality of the Anglo-Saxon epic and parallels between Beowulf and Homeric poetry, see John Miles Foley, Traditional Oral Epic: The “Odyssey”, “Beowulf”, and the Serbo-Croatian Return Song (Berkeley: U of California P , 1990).

Stanley J. Kahrl (Hamden C T : Archon, 1968): 317–51. For a fundamental criticism of the assumption on the part of traditional classical scholarship that Greek civilisation represents the birth of (superior) Western culture and arose without precedents or connections to an outside world, see the monumental work of Martin Bernal, Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization (London: Free Association Books, 1987), vol. 1 of 3. Bernal argues for the validity of an “ancient” model, according to which Greek culture is the result of colonisation by Egyptians and Phoenicians around 1500 BC.

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