The Resource Homer : the poetry of the past, Andrew Ford

Homer : the poetry of the past, Andrew Ford

Label
Homer : the poetry of the past
Title
Homer
Title remainder
the poetry of the past
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Ford
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Andrew Ford here addresses, in a manner both engaging and richly informed, the perennial questions of what poetry is, how it came to be, and what it is for. Focusing on the critical moment in Western literature when the heroic tales of the Greek oral tradition began to be preserved in writing, he examines these questions in the light of Homeric poetry. Through fresh readings of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and referring to other early epics as well, Ford deepens our understanding of what poetry was at a time before written texts, before a developed sense of authorship, and before the existence of institutionalized criticism. Placing what is known about Homer's art in the wider context of Homer's world, Ford traces the effects of the oral tradition on the development of the epic and addresses such issues as the sources of the poet's inspiration and the generic constraints on epic composition. After exploring Homer's poetic vocabulary and his fictional and mythical representations of the art of singing, Ford reconstructs an idea of poetry much different from that put forth by previous interpreters. Arguing that Homer grounds his project in religious rather than in literary or historical terms, he concludes that archaic poetry claims to give a uniquely transparent and immediate rendering of the past. Homer: The Poetry of the Past will be stimulating and enjoyable reading for anyone interested in the traditions of poetry, including students and scholars in the fields of classics, literary theory and literary history, and intellectual history
Cataloging source
OCLCE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ford, Andrew Laughlin
Dewey number
883/.01
Index
index present
LC call number
PA4037
LC item number
.F56 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Homer
  • Epic poetry, Greek
Label
Homer : the poetry of the past, Andrew Ford
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-216) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The genre : traditional definitions of epic -- The poem : Homer's muses and the unity of epic -- The poet : tradition, transmission, and time -- The text : signs of writing in Homer -- Poetry : the voice of song
Control code
ocn644286625
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 225 pages)
Form of item
online
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)644286625
Label
Homer : the poetry of the past, Andrew Ford
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-216) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The genre : traditional definitions of epic -- The poem : Homer's muses and the unity of epic -- The poet : tradition, transmission, and time -- The text : signs of writing in Homer -- Poetry : the voice of song
Control code
ocn644286625
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 225 pages)
Form of item
online
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)644286625

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