Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

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PREFACE

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pp. ix-xiv

...research subject, the poetry of Homer. During my life as a university teacher I have also developed a number of other interests, usually arising from courses I have taught, and about two of them in particular I thought I had something to say that might be useful to my peers in the profession: the ways in which Aeschylus uses lyric meters in his choruses to convey a meaning and a mood, and the...

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CHAPTER ONE: Homer I: Poetry and Speech

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pp. 1-37

...the term suggests—have very largely concentrated their investigations on the techniques by which poems of such metrical complexity and length could be composed and adjusted to the occasions of performance. Not much attention has been paid to the listeners, and what demands were imposed on...

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CHAPTER TWO: Homer II: Scenes and Summaries

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pp. 38-61

...are diversified—all adaptations within the framework of the traditional language and style. This avoidance of monotony must have been an aid in retaining his listeners’ attention. Now we will look at one of the poet’s larger-scale techniques for continually...

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CHAPTER THREE: Music and Meaning in Three Songs of Aeschylus

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pp. 62-98

...Similar rhythmic variations occur in lyric meters, too, and are much less commonly observed and appreciated. Conspicuous examples of this can be found in the choral songs of Aeschylus’ tragedies, and attention paid to them brings an enriched understanding of how he communicates to his audience the emotion he wants them to...

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CHAPTER FOUR: Poetry in the Latin Language

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pp. 99-124

...richness of allusion and suggestion that can be exploited by a poet—and that greatly complicates the task of a translator. We have already examined, in the first chapter of this book, the effects of the positioning of words in the Homeric hexameter. Now we shall consider such effects in Latin verse, and in particular how the possibilities...

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AFTERWORD

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pp. 125-128

...can be easily followed by a listener; how Homeric narrative varies between scenes and summaries, and how changes of location are contrived with as little interruption as possible to a listener’s attention; how even a general idea of what meter a dramatic poet is using in a choral song, and what emotions it usually conveys, can give...

APPENDIX A: Tennyson's Morte d'Arthur

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pp. 129-148

APPENDIX B: Continuity in Mrs. Dalloway

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pp. 149-150

APPENDIX C: The Performance of Homeric Episodes

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pp. 151-165

APPENDIX D: Classical Meters in Modern English Verse

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pp. 166-178

REFERENCES

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pp. 179-188

INDEX

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pp. 189-191